FROM THE LIBRARY OF
REV. LOUIS FITZGERALD BENSON, D. D.
BEQUEATHED BY HIM TO
THE LIBRARY OF
PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Published for the Rook committee of the Methodist Protestant Church
BY JOHN J. HARROD,
Book Agent of the M. P. Church.
\VM. WOODDY, PRINT.
DISTRICT OF MARYLAND, SS.
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on this sixth day December, in the
<>••••<> fifty-fourth year of the Independence of the United
\ SEAL. \ States of America. JOHN J. HARROD, Book Agent
<►••/'•«> of the Methodist Protestant Church, in these United
States, of the said District, hath deposited in this office, the title of
» book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words fol-
lowing, to wit:
"The Constitution and Discipline of the Methodist Protestant
In conformity to the act of Congress of the United States, entitled
"An Act for the encouragement of learning. by securing the copies
of maps, charts and books, to the authors and proprietors of such
copies during the times therein mentioned;" and also to the act enti-
tled l An Act supplementary to the act, entitled an act for the en-
couragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and
books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times
therein mentioned, and extendiug the benefits thereof to the arts of
designing, engraving,and etching historical and other prints.'
Clirk of tht Dist. ict of Maryland.
"In the year 17*29, two young men in England,
reading the Bible, saw they could not be saved
without holiness; followed after it, and incited
others so to do. In 1737, they saw likewise,
that men are justified before they are sanctified;
but still holiness was their object. God then
thrust them out to raise a holy people." These
were John and Charles Wesley.
"In the latter end of the year, 1739, eight or
ten persons came to Mr. Wesley, in London,
who appeared to be deeply convinced of sin,
and earnestly groaning for redemption. They
desired (as did two or three more the next day)
that he would spend sometime with them in
prayer, and advise them how to flee from the
wrath to come, which they saw continually
hanging over their heads. That he might have
more time for this great work, he appointed a
day when they might all come together, which
from thence forward they did every week. To
these and as many more as desired to join with
them (for their number increased daily) he gave
those advices, from time to time, which he judg-
ed most needful for them; and they always con-
cluded their meeting with prayer, suited to their
several necessities." This was the rise of the
United Society in Europe. Such a society is
no other than, "a company of men having the
form and seeking the power of godliness, unit-
ed in order to pray together, to receive the word
of exhortation, and to watch over one another
in love, that they may help each other to work
out their salvation."
Philip Embury, a preacher from Ireland, began
to preach in the city of New York, some time in
the year 1766, and formed a society of his own
countrymen and a few of the citizens. In the
same year Captain Thomas Webb, preached in
in a hired room, near the barracks. About the
same time Robert Strawbridge, settled in Frede-
ric county, state of Maryland, and formed some
societies. Richard Boardman, and Joseph Pil-
moor, came over from England, in 1769, to New
York, in the character of missionaries; and to-
ward the close of the year 1771, Francis Asbury
and Richard Wright, came over also by the di-
lection of Mr. Wesley, to assist the American
Methodist preachers and societies.
At the close of the year 1781, the methodist
societies, in these United States, were organized
l>\ l conference of preachers exclusively, into
what M called the Methodist Episcopal Church,
and made independent of Mr. Wesley. The go-
vernment was so framed hy the conference, as to
secure to the itinerant ministers, the unlimited ex-
ercise of the legislative, executive, and judicial
powers of the church, to the entire exclusion of
all other classes of ministers, and all the people.
Subsequent general conferences exhibited mar-
ked dissatisfaction at the leading features of the
government, and a very respectable minority
struggled hard to effect some salutary improve-
ments, but without producing any important
changes. The opposition of the minority con-
tinued with unabating ardour, until the member-
ship became more fully acquainted with the ge-
nius of the government, under which their spi-
ritual guides had placed them, without their
knowledge or consent. In 1820, a periodical
was instituted, entitled the Wesleyan Reposito-
ry, and was continued up to the sitting of the
general conference of 18*24. Numerous peti-
tions were presented to that body, praying for a
representation of ministers and laymen in the
rule making department; but no change, either
in the principle or in the practical operations
of the government, could be obtained.
Immediately after the rise of the general con-
ference of 18*24, a meeting, composed of some
distinguished members of the conference, and of
reformers from different parts of the United
States, was held in this city, at which it was de-
termined, to publish a periodical pamphlet enti-
tled; "The Mutual Rights of the ministers and
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, "
"for the purpose of giving the Methodist commu-
nity a suitable opportunity to enter upon a calm
and dispassionate discussion of the subjects in
dispute." The meeting also determined to re-
solve itself into a Union Society; and recom-
mended that similar societies be raised in all
parts of the United States, "in order to ascer-
tain the number of persons in the Methodist E.
Church, friendly to a change in her government. "
This measure was followed by much persecu-
tion of reformers. In Tennessee, fourteen offi-
cial members were expelled for attempting to
form a Union Society.
Some time during the spring of the year
1826, the Baltimore Union Society, recommend-
ed state conventions to be held in the several
states, for the exclusive purpose of making in-
ijniry into the propriety of preparing one united
petition to the approaching general conference
of [828, praying for Rbprssentatiow; and to
elect delegates to meet in a general convention
for the purpose. Conventions were according-
ly held, and delegates elected; in consequence of
which, reformers, in different parts of the coun-
try, were made to feel the displeasure of men in
power. In North Carolina, several members of
the Granville Union Society, were expelled for
being members thereof. In the fall of 18*27, eleven
ministers were suspended, and finally expelled
from the Methodist E. Church in this city, and
twenty-two laymen, for being members of the
union society, and supporters of the mutual
rights. About fifty of the female friends of the
suspended and expelled brethren immediately
withdrew from the church, after addressing a
letter to the preacher in charge, in which they
say; ^to find our dear companions, fathers,
brothers, children and friends, treated as crimi-
nals and enemies, persecuted, suspended, and
expelled; denounced as backsliders and distur-
bers of the peace, and ourselves treated coldly
and distantly by our former friends, and by our
pastors; and all for a nun differena of opinion
about church government, is more than we fuel
bound in christian charity longer to endure; and,
therefore, we feel it our duty, in the fear of God,
to withdraw from the church." The expelled
brethren and their friends immediately organized
under Mr. Wesleys' general rules, taking the
title of, the Associated Methodist Reformers.
November, 1827, the general convention as-
sembled in this city, composed of ministers and
lay delegates, elected by the state conventions
and union societies. This convention pre-
pared a memorial to the general conference of
May 1828, praying that the government of the
church might be made representative, and more
in accordance with the mutual rights of the
ministers and people. To this memorial, the
general conference replied, in a circular, by
claiming for the itinerant ministers of their
church, an exclusive divine right to the same un-
limited and unamenable power which they had
exercised over the whole church, from the es-
tablishment of their government in 1784. Soon
after the rise of the general conference several
reformers in Cincinnati, Lynchburg, and other
places, were expelled for being members of union
societies^ and supporters of the mutual rights.
The reformers now perceiving, that all hope
of obtaining a change in the government of the
church had vanished, withdrew in considerable
numbers, in different parts of the United St
and called another general convention, to as-
semble in this qjty, November 12, 1828. This
convention drew up s< vcnteen " Articles of As-
sociation" to serve as a provisional government
for the Associated Methodist Churches, until
a Constitution and book of Discipline could be
prepared by a subsequent convention, to beheld
in November 1830.
Agreeably to appointment, the Convention as-
sembled, in the city of Baltimore, in St. John's
Church, Liberty street, on the 2nd day of
November, 1830, and continued its session
to the 23rd inclusive. During which period it
formed, and adopted the following Constitution
and Discipline, for the government of the Meth-
odist Protestant Church.
The Rev. Francis Waters, D.D. of Baltimore,
was elected President; Mr. Win. C. Lipscomb,
of Georgetown, D. C. was chosen Secretary,
and Mr. William S. Stockton, of Philadelphia,
The following named persons were duly elect-
ed members of the Convention, by the re-
tive annual conferences of the Associated Meth-
Delegates elected to the General Cox
Rev. Nathaniel Gage, Mr. Daniel Norton,
Rev. Thos. F. Norris. Col. Amos Binney.
NEW YORK AND CANADA CONFER-
Rev. Daniel Bromley.
Rev. Isaac Fister, Mr. John Woodward,
Rev. Elias B. Dare, " William G. Miller,
*Rev. James Covel, " Eden Foster,
Rev. Orren Miller, " Richard Harris,
NEW YORK CONFERENCE.
Rev. George Thomas, Mr. George Smith,
Rev. John Smith, Caleb Rodney, Esq.
Thomas Pearson, Mr. Arch'd Campbell,
Hiram R. Harrold,
Geo. A. Raybold,
Dr. Thos. Dunn,
K. S. Cropper,
Dr. Phineas Price,
(% Arnold S. Naudain.
" Jeremiah Stull,
" Uriah Baxter,
" Elisha Chew,.
" David B. Salter,
" James Moore,
" Robert Hodgson,
* Those in italics were not present.
Rev. S. Hutchinson, Dr* Win. K.Mason,
'• Dr. Win. Morgan, Mr. Daniel R. Acklvy,
" John Frrnon, " Jeremiah Waftom,
" David Rundell, " Wm. S. Stockton,
Rev. Eli Henkle,
• W. W. Wallace,
Dr. J. S. Reese,
" D. B. Dorsey,
11 Isaac Webster,
11 Wm. C. Pool,
11 Dr. S.K.Jennings,
" F. Waters, D.D.
11 J. R. Williams,
" D. Zollickofler,
11 Benj. Richardson,
11 S. Linthicum,
" Thos. Melvin,
Hon. Phil. B. Hopper,
Mr. Gideon Davis,
" John J. Harrod,
11 Henry Willis,
Mr. Daniel McLeod,
J. H. Devor, Esq.
Mr. Abner Linlhicurn,
'* Elias Crutchiey,
11 Lewis Shipley,
" Henry Webster,
11 John Constable,
James Parrott, Esq.
Mr. Rich'd Chambers.
Rei . AJex'd McCaine,
<: Dr. John French,
" Dr. Crawley Finney,
" Miles King,
11 Benedict Burgess,
Everard Hall, Esq.
Mr. John Victor,
" W.S. Sclater, sen.
Dr. Andrew Wood ley.
Dr. Hiram Harding,
Mr. B. Starke.
NORTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE.
Ministers. Lay Delegates.
Rev. Wm. W. Hill, S. Whitaker, Esq.
" Willis Harris, Mr. John F. Bellamy,
11 Josiah R. Horn, " Ivy Harris.
Ministers. Lay Delegates.
Rev. Aaron G. Brewer, Col. R. A. Blount,
" Eppes Tucker, Charles Kennon, Esq.
Minister. Lay Delegate.
Rev. Britton Capel, Dr. Edward H. Cook,
Ministers. Lay Delegates.
Rev. Asa Shinn, Mr. James Foster,
" Cornelius Springer, " Wilson S. Thorn,
11 Nicholas Snethen, •' Thos. McKeever,
" George Brown, " J. B. W. Haynes,
" Charles Avery, " John Souder,
tm John Fordyce, " D. P. Wilkins,
11 Matthew Nelson, " Stephen Beall }
" David Edwards, " H. C. Dorsey.
WESTERN VIRGINIA CONFERENCE.
Minister. Lay Delegate.
Rev. George A. Read, Mr. Jas. Carpenter.
W E, t ho Representatives of the Associated
Methodist Churches, in General Convention
rfpsembledj acknowledging the Lord Jesus
Christ, as the only Head of the Church, and
the word of God, as the sufficient rule of faith
and practice, in all things pertaining to godli-
and being fully persuaded, that the re-
presentative form of church government is
the most scriptural, best suited to our condi-
tion, and most congenial with our views and
feelings as fellow-citizens with the saints, and
of the house-hold of God; AND, Whereas, a
written Constitution, establishing the form of
government, and securing to the Ministers
and Members of the Church their rights and
privileges, is the best safeguard of Christian
liberty; We, therefore, trusting in the protec-
tion of Almighty God, and acting in the name
and by the authority of our constituents, do
ordain and establish, and agree to be govern-
ed by the following elementary principles and
14 ELEMENTARY PRINCIPLES.
1. A Christian Church is a society of be-
lievers in Jesus Christ, and is of divine insti-
2 Christ is the only Head of the Church;
and the word of God the only rule of faith
3 No person who loves the Lord Jesus
Christ, and obeys the gospel of God our Sa-
viour, ought to be deprived of church mem-
4 Every man has an inalienable right to
private judgment, in matters of religion; and
an equal right to express his opinion, in any
way which will not violate the laws of God,
or the rights of his fellow men.
5 Church trials should be conducted on gos-
pel principles only; and no minister or mem-
ber should be excommunicated except for im-
morality; the propagation of unchristian doc-
trines; or for the neglect of duties enjoined by
the word of God.
6 The pastoral or ministerial office and du-
ties are of divine appointment; and all elders
in the church of God are equal; but ministers
are forbidden to be lords over God's heritage,
or to have dominion over the faith of the
7 The church has a right to form and en-
force such rules and regulations only, as are in
accordance with the holy scriptures, and may
be necessary or have a tendency to carry into
effect the great system of practical Christianity.
8 Whatever power may be necessary to
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the formation of rules and regulations, i- in-
herent in the ministers ami members of the
church; but so much of that power may be
ited, from time to time, upon a plan of
representation, as they may judge necessary
9 It is the duty of all ministers and mem-
bers of the Church to maintain godliness, and
to oppose all moral evil.
10 It is obligatory on ministers of the gos-
pel to be faithful in the discharge of their
pastoral and ministerial duties; and it is also
obligatory on the members, to esteem min-
isters highly for their works' sake, and to
render them a righteous compensation for
1 1 The Church ought to secure to all her
otlicial bodies the necessary authority for the
purposes of good government; but she has
no right to create any distinct or independent
This Association shall be denominated,
The Methodist Proi »> r \vr Church, com-
prising the Associated Methodist Churches.
Terms of Membership.
I. There is only one condition Required of
those who apply for membership in an Asso-
ciated Methodist Church, viz: A desire to
flee from the wrath to come, and be saved by
grace, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ;
with, an avowed determination to walk in all the
commandments of God blameless.
But those who may continue therein, must
give evidence of this desire and determina-
tion, by conforming to such rules of moral
discipline as the word of God requires.
II. There shall be a state of probationary
privileges in which persons shall be held as
candidates for admission into membership in
this Church, preparatory to their being re-
ceived into full membership, by a compliance
with the terms thereof.
III. The children of our members, and
those under their guardianship, shall be re-
cognized as enjoying probationary privileges,
and held as candidates for membership; and
may be put into classes, as such, with the
consent of their parents or guardians.
Division into Districts, Circuits, and Stations.
I. Those parts of the United States em-
braced by this Association, shall be divided
into districts, having respectively such boun-
daries as may be agreed on at this Conven-
tion, subject to those alterations which may
be made or authorized, from time to time, by
the General Conference.
II. Each district shall be divided into cir-
Ooitfl and Itations, by its annual conference.
III. Kvrrv minister or preacher, removing
dom one district to another; and every mem-
ber retaoving from one circuit, station, or
church to another, having a certificate of his
or her good Standing, shall be entitled to
membership in any other district, circuit, sta-
tion or Associated Methodist Church within
the limits of this Association, to which he or
she may apply for membership.
On receiving Churches, fyd
I. Any number of believers united as a
religious Society or Church, embracing the
principles of religious truth held by this As-
sociation, adopting this Constitution, and
conforming to our book of discipline, and
means of grace, shall, at their request, made
to the president of an annual conference,
or the superintendent of a circuit or station,
be recognized as an Associated Methodist
Church, and be entitled to all the privileges
granted by this Constitution; subject, how-
ever, to the decision of the most adjacent
II. An associated church or society shall
be composed of any number of members
residing sufficiently near each other to as-
semble statedly for public worship, and to
transact its temporal business. And every
church shall be divided, when it becomes ne-
cessary, into smaller companies or classes, for
the purposes of religious instruction and edi-
III. Every church or society shall have
power, by the concurrence of a majority of
two-thirds of its qualified male members, pre-
sent at any meeting called for the purpose, to
purchase, build, lease, sell, rent, or otherwise
obtain or dispose of property, for the mu-
tual benefit of the church. Each church shall
also have power to admit persons into full
membership; and to try, censure, or expel un-
worthy members, in accordance with the pro-
visions of this constitution, and the rules of
IV. But no church whatever shall be con-
tinued in connexion with this Association,
which does not conform to this constitution,
and the regulations contained in the book
of discipline; or which may hereafter reject
any part or provision thereof.
In every station there shall be a leaders'
meeting, composed of all the class leaders
and stewards; the superintendent shall be
chairman of the meeting.
I. There shall be four Quarterly Conferen-
ces in each circuit and station, in every con-
ference year, to be composed of all the min-
isters,* preachers, exhorters, stewards and lea-
ders, and trustees, in full membership, belong*
ing to 1 1 1 < ^ circuit or station; Provided that
the superintendent shall have authority to call
special meetings of the quarterly conference
at other tunes, when circumstances make it
II. Each quarterly conference shall he
vested with power to examine into the offi-
cial character of all its members, and to ad-
monish or reprove as occasion may require;
to grant to persons, properly qualified and
recommended by the class of which the ap-
plicant is a member, license to preach and ex-
hort, and renew their license annually; to ad-
mit ministers and preachers coming from any
associated church; to recommend ministers
and preachers to the annual conference to
travel, and for ordination; to hear and decide
on appeals; and to perform such other du-
ties as are authorized by this convention.
Provided, nevertheless, that no person shall
he licensed to preach until he shall have been
first examined, and recommended by a com-
mittee of five, composed of ministers and
laymen, chosen by the quarterly conference.
Composition and powers of the Annual Con-
1 There shall be held annually within the
limits of each district, a Conference, to be
* A minister is one who is ordained; a preacher
acts under a license.
denominated the annual conference, com-
posed of all the ordained itinerant ministers
belonging to the district: that is, all ministers
properly under the stationing authority of the
conference; and of one delegate from each
circuit and station for each of its itinerant
ministers; provided, however, that every cir-
cuit and station shall have at least one dele-
gate. Each annual conference shall regu-
late the manner of elections, in its own dis-
trict; provided, however, that the election of
delegates to the first annual conferences,
under this constitution, shall be according to
such regulations as may be adopted for that
purpose by the quarterly conferences of the
respective circuits and stations.
II The annual conferences respectively,
shall be vested with power to elect a presi-
dent, annually; to examine into the official con-
duct of all its members; to receive by vote,
such ministers and preachers into the confer-
ence as come properly recommended, and
who can be efficiently employed as itinerant
preachers, or missionaries; to elect to orders
those who are eligible and competent to the
pastoral office; to hear and decide on appeals;
to define and regulate the boundaries of cir-
cuits and stations: to station the ministers,
preachers and missionaries; and to perform
such other duties as are prescribed by this
Convention, or may be prescribed by the Gen-
III. To make such rules and regulations
as may be necessary to defray the expenses
of the itinerant ministers preacheraand their
families; to raise the amount of their .salaries
■S fixed by the convention, ami for all other
pu; i Qecled with the organization and
continuance of said conferences.
IV The annual conferences, respectively,
shall also have authority to perforin the fol-
lowing additional duties: —
1st To make such special rules and regu-
lations as the peculiarities of the district may
require; provided, however, that no rule or
regulation be made, inconsistent with this
constitution. And provided, furthermore, that
the general conference shall have power to
annul any rule or regulation which that body
may deem unconstitutional.
Sd. To prescribe and regulate the mode of
Stationing the ministers and preachers within
the district; provided always, that they grant
to each minister or preacher stationed, an
appeal, during the sitting of the conference.
3d, Each annual conference shall have
exclusive power to make its own rules and
regulations for the admission and government
of coloured members within its district; and to
make for them such terms of suffrage as the
ceoferena Lively may deem proper.
But neither the general conference nor
any annual conference, shall assume pow-
er to interfere with the constitutional pow-
ers of the civil governments, or with the op-
erations of the civil laws; yet, nothing herein
contained shall be so construed as to author-
ize or sanction any thing inconsistent with
the morality of the holy scriptures.
Each annual conference shall keep a
Journal of its proceedings, and send a copy
to the general conference.
Composition of the General Conference.
I. There shall be a General Conference of
this Association, on the first Tuesday in May,
in the year of our Lord 1834, in Georgetown,
District of Columbia, and on the first Tuesday
in May every seventh year thereafter, in such
place as may be determined on by the confer-
II. The general conference shall consist of
an equal number of ministers and laymen.
The ratio of representation from each district
shall be one minister and one layman for
every thousand persons in full member-
ship; Provided, however, that any district
which may not have one thousand members
shall be entitled to two representatives, one
minister and one layman, until a different
ratio shall be fixed by the general conference.
III. The number of representatives to
which each district may be entitled, shall be
elected at the time, and place of holding the
annual conference of the district, next pre-
ceding the sitting of the general conference,
by the joint ballot of an electoral college, com-
CONSTITl TIOK. H
posed of the itinerant ministers and delegates
belonging to the annual conference, and of
one minuter, who is not under the stationing
authority of the conference, provided there l>c
such, from eaeh circuit and station within the
limits of the district- The minister thus added
from each circuit and station, shall he elected at
the time and place of holding the quarterly
confert nee. by the ministers in his circuit
or station, not under the stationing power of
the annual conference. Provided, however,
that the Delegates from the respective circuits
and stations, be laymen; and provided, also,
that it require the affirmative vote of a majority
of all the lay delegates present, as well as of a
majority of the votes of all the ministers pre-
sent, to constitute the election of any repre-
sentative to the general conference.
IV . The general conference shall elect hy
ballot, a president to preside over its delibe-
rations; and one or more secretaries, to
serve during the sitting of the conference;
shall also judge of election returns, and
qualifications of its own members, and form
its own rules of order. A majority of all the
representatives in attendance, shall con-
stitute a quorum.
V. The ministers and laymen shall deli-
berate in one body; but if, upon the final
passage of any question, it be required by
three members, the ministers and laymen
shall vote separately, and the concurrence of
a majority of both classes of representatives
shall be necessary to constitute a vote of the
Conference. — A similar regulation shall be
observed by the annual conferences.
VI. The yeas and nays shall be recorded at
the call of one-fifth part of the members present.
VII. The conference shall publish such
parts of the journal of its proceedings, as it
may deem requisite.
VIII. All papers, books, &c. belonging to
the conference, shall be preserved as that
body may direct.
Powers of the General Conference.
I. The General Conference shall have pow-
er to make rules and regulations for the Itin-
erant, Missionary, Literary, and every other
department of the Church, recognized by this
II. To fix the compensation and duties of
the itinerant ministers and preachers, and the
allowance for their wives, widows and chil-
dren; and also, the compensation and duties
of the Book Agent, Editor, &,c. and to de-
vise ways and means for raising funds.
III. To regulate, from time to time, the
number of representatives to the General Con-
ference; provided, that the General Confer-
ence shall at no time exceed one hundred
IV. To define and regulate the bounda-
ries of the respective annual conference dis-
tricts; provided, however, that the annual
conference of any two or more districts,
shall have power, by mutual agreement, to
alter their respective adjoining boundaries, or
to unite and become one district, or to set
off a new district; to receive into their re-
spective limits and jurisdiction any station or
circuit, which does not belong to some other
district; but every alteration made in the
boundaries of the respective districts, -shall be
reported to the ensuing general conference.
Restrictions on the Legislative Assemblies.
I. No rule shall be passed which shall con-
travene any law of God.
II. No rule shall be passed which shall in-
fringe the right of suffrage, eligibility to of-
fice, or the rights and privileges of our minis-
ters, preachers, and members, to an impar-
tial trial by committee, and of an appeal, as
provided by this constitution.
III. No rule shall be passed infringing
the liberty of speech, or of the press; but for
every abuse of liberty, the offender shall be
dealt with as in other cases of indulging in
sinful words and tempers.
IV. No rule, except it be founded on the
holy scriptures, shall be passed authorizing
the expulsion of any minister, preacher or
V. No rule shall be passed appropriating'
the funds of the church to any purpose ex-
cept the support of the ministry, their wives,
widows and children; the promotion of educa-
tion, and missions; the diffusion of useful
knowledge; the necessary expenses conse-
quent on assembling the Conferences, and the
relief of the poor.
VI. No higher order of ministers shall be
authorized than that of elder.
VII. No rule shall be passed to abolish an
efficient itinerant ministry, or to authorize
the annual conferences to station their min-
isters and preachers longer than three years,
successively, in the same circuit, and two
years successively in the same station.
VIII. No change shall be made in the re-
lative proportions, or component parts of the
general or annual conferences-
Officers of the Church.
Presidents of the Annual Conferences.
1. The President of each Annual Conference
shall be elected annually, by the ballot of a
majority of the members of the conference.
He shall not be eligible more than three years
successively; and shall be amenable to that
body for his official conduct.
2. It shall be the duty of the president of an
annual conference, to preside in all meetings
of that body; to travel through the district, and
viMt all the circuits and stations, and to be
present, a- far as practicable, at all the quar-
terly meetings ami camp meetings of hi- dis-
trict; and. m the recess of conference, with the
assistance of two or more elders, to ordain
those person! who may be elected to order-;
to employ such ministers, preachers, and mis-
sionaries, as are duly recommended; and to
make such changes of preachers as may bo
necessary, provided the consent of the preach-
ers to be changed, be first obtained; and to
perform such other duties as may be required
by his annual conference.
1. The minister, who shall be appointed by
the annual conference, to the charge of a sta-
tion or circuit, shall be styled, the Superinten-
dent; and shall be amenable to the annual
conference for his ollicial conduct.
2. The minister or preacher appointed by
the annual conference to assist the super-
intendent in the discharge of his pastoral
duties, shall be styled the Assistant; and shall
be amenable to the annual conference for
the faithful discharge of duty,
3. It shall be the duty of every minister and
preacher belonging to a circuit or station, to
render all tin pastoral assistance he can, con-
sistently with his other engagements; but no
minister or preacher shall be accountable to
the annual conference for the discharge of
ministerial duty, except he be an itinerant
minister or preacher; all others shall be ac-
countable to the quarterly conference of
their circuit or station.
4. No person shall be recognized as an itine-
rant minister, preacher or missionary, whose
name is not enrolled on the annual confer-
ence list, or who will not be subject to the or-
der of the conference.
The class leaders maybe elected annually
by the members of their respective classes;
but if, in any instance, a class shall neglect or
refuse to elect a leader, when one is want-
ed, it shall then be the duty of the superin-
tendent to nominate a class leader for said
class, and from the nomination or nomina-
tions made by the superintendent, the class
shall make an election.
The Conference Steward shall be elected
annually by the annual conference, and dis-
charge those duties assigned to him by the
discipline, and be amenable to the annual
conference for his official conduct.
Station and Circuit Stewards.
The Station and Circuit Stewards shall be
elected annually; in the stations, by the male
CONJTI TTTION. 29
members, including ministers and preachers;
and in the circuits, by the quarterly confer-
ence; Inn every qualified male member, if
present, shall be permitted to vote in the elec-
tion of circuit stewards. The number of
stewards tor each circuit or station to be not
less than ihree, nor more than seven.
Suffrage and Eligibility to Office.
I. Every minister and preacher, and every
white, lay, male member, m full communion
and fellowship, having attained to the age of
twenty one years, shall be entitled to vote in
II. Every minister and preacher, and
every white, lay, male member, in full com-
munion and fellowship, having attained to
the aire of twenty-five years, and having been
in full membership two years, shall be eligible
as a representative in the general confer-
III. No person shall be eligible as a delegate
to the annual conference, or as a steward',
who has not attained to the age of twentv-
one years, and who is not a regular com-
municant of this Church.
IV. No minister shall be eligible to the
othce of President of an annual conference,
until he shall have faithfully exercised the
office of elder two vears.
I. All offences condemned by the word of
God, as being sufficient to exclude a person
from the kingdom of grace and glory, shall
subject ministers, preachers and members,
to expulsion from the church.
II. The neglect of duties required by the
word of God, or the indulgence in sinful
words and tempers, shall subject the offender
to admonition; and if persisted in, after re-
peated admonitions, to expulsion.
III. For preaching or disseminating un-
scriptural doctrines, affecting the essential in-
terests of the christian system, ministers,
preachers, and members, shall be liable to
.admonition; and, if incorrigible, to expul-
sion: Provided always, that no minister,
preacher or member, shall be expelled for
disseminating matters of opinion alone, ex-
cept they be such as are condemned by the
word of God.
IV. All officers of the church shall be lia-
ble to removal from office, for maladminis-
Privileges of accused Ministers and Members,
I. In all cases of accusation against a min-
ister, preacher, or member, the accused shall
be furnished by the proper authorities, with a
copy of the charges and specifications, at
least twenty days before the time appointed
for the trial; unless the parties concerned
prefer going into trial on shorter notice.
The accused shall have the right of challenge;
the privilege of examining witnesses at the
time of trial; and of making his defence in
person or by representative; provided such
representative he a member of the church.
II. No minister, or preacher, shall be ex-
pelled, or deprived of church privileges, or
ministerial functions, without an impartial
trial before a committee, of from three to five
ministers or preachers, and the right of ap-
peal; the preachers, to the ensuing quarterly
conference; the ministers to the ensuing an-
III. No member shall be expelled or deprived
of church privileges, without an impartial trial
before a committee of three or more lay mem-
bers, or before the society of which he is a
member, as the accused may require, and
the right of an appeal to the ensuing quarter-
ly conference; but no committee man who
shall have sat on the first trial, shall sit on the
appeal; and all appeals shall be final.
1 Whenever a majority of all the annual
conferences shall officially call for a judicial
decision on any rule or act of the general
conference, it shall be the duty of each and
every annual conference to appoint, at its
next session, one judicial delegate, having
the same qualifications of eligibility as are
required for a representative to the general
conference. The delegates thus chosen,
shall assemble at the place where the gener-
al conference held its last session, on the
second Tuesday in May following their ap-
II. A majority of the delegates shall consti-
tute a quorum; and if two-thirds of all pre-
sent, judge said rule or act of the general
conference unconstitutional, they shall have
power to declare the same null and void.
III. Every decision of the Judiciary shall be
in writing, and shall be published in the pe-
riodical belonging to this church. After the
Judiciary shall have performed the duties as-
signed them by this constitution, their pow-
ers shall cease; and no other judiciary shall
be created until after the session of the suc-
ceeding general conference.
Special call of the General Conference,
1 Two-thirds of the whole number of the
annual conferences, shall have power to call
special meetings of the general conference.
II. When it shall have been ascertained
that two-thirds of the annual conferences
have decided in favour of such call, it shall
be the duty of the presidents, or a majority of
them, forthwith, to designate the time and
place of holding the same, and to give due
notice to all the stations and circuits.
Provision for Altering the Constitution.
I. The General Conference shall have
power to amend any part of this Consti-
tution, except the second, tenth and four-
teenth articles, by making such alterations or
additions, as may be recommended in writing,
by two-thirds of the whole number of tho
annual conferences, next preceding the sit-
ting of the general conference.
II. The second, tenth and fourteenth arti-
cles of this constitution shall be unaltera-
ble, except by a general convention, called
for the special purpose, by two-thirds of the
whole number of the annual conferences,
next preceding the general conference.
Which convention, and all other conventions
of this church, shall be constituted and elect-
ed in the same manner and ratio, as prescribed
for the general conference. When a Gen-
eral convention is called by the annual con-
ferences, it shall supercede the assembling of
the general conference for that period; and
shall have power to discharge all the duties
of that body, in addition to the particular object
for which the convention shall have been as-
Resolved, That the Judiciary tribunal provided
for by the 15th article of the constitution of this
Church, shall publish as well the reasons of their
opinion upon the part or provision of the con-
stitution supposed to have been contravened by
the law, or laws, provision or provisions, con-
sidered to be unconstitutional, together with
Whereas, It is declared by this convention,
that whatever power may be necessary to the
formation of rules and regulations, is inherent in
the ministers and members of the Church; and
that so much of that power may be delegated
from time to time, upon a plan of representation,
as they may judge proper; therefore, Resolved,
that all power not delegated to the respective of-
ficial bodies of the Methodist Protestant Church
by this convention, are retained to said ministers
Baltimore, Nov. 20, 1830.
\1>MI--I<>\ TO HI HBBRSHIP«
I ition, Article ii.
1 . \ pplicttion for admission to church fellow-
ship must 1"' made to the superintendent, or in
sence, to anj minister, preacher or lead-
er, whose (hay it shall be, with the consent of
>ciety or class, to enter the name of the
applicant <»n the lisl of probationers.
\t. In stations, where the church does not
direot an\ other mode, admittance to full mem-
bership shall be b) the vote of a majority of the
• a regular leaders' meeting; but no
i shall be admitted to lull membership by
a leaders 1 meeting, without a recommendation
from the class of which he or she is a member.
S. In circuits, the list of probationers shall
be occasionally read over, by one of the officiat-
ing ministers; and, in every instance where ama-
cietj or class v ote for the admis-
sion of any person whose name stands on the
list, the probationer shall he admitted to full
TRIAL OF MINISTERS, P&C&CHERS \\l> II RUBERS.
See the Constitution, Articles xiii and xiv.
1. When a charge of immorality, or any other
offence, recognized by the thirteenth article of
36 TRIAL OF MINISTERS,
the constitution, is preferred against a minister
or preacher, the superintendent, or in his ab-
sence any other minister belonging to the circuit
or station, whom he may select, after duly notify-
ing the person accused, shall appoint a commit-
tee of not less than three, nor more than five
ministers or preachers, before whom the accused
shall appear, at the time and place designated
for the trial.
The accused may object to any member of the
committee, on account of his having prejudged
the case; being prejudiced against the accused;
or of being interested in the decision. The chal-
lenge may extend to twice the number of the
original committee. The superintendent, or ex-
ecutive officer in the case, shall be confined
to the limits of the district in his selections of
ministers or preachers to serve on the commit-
tee. During any trial, the ministers, preachers,
and members of the church may attend.
2. Accused members shall be tried by a com
mittee created in the following manner; viz.
The accused shall nominate two persons in full
membership and good standing. The class of
which he or she is a member shall nomitate two
more members, in like good standing; and the
four persons thus chosen shall appoint a fifth,
which five persons shall constitute a competent
court of trial. But should the accused refuse, or
neglect to nominate, as above provided, when
timely notice shall have been given, the pre-
siding minister shall nominate two members
of the committee on behalf of the accused.
i'Kiw< in us and UMIIMN : W
Provided, however, that the accused shall have
the right to challenge any person chwen as a
committee man. by the class, l>\ assigning
isfactory reasons for sodping, of winch tin- class
shall judge: and provided also, the presiding
officer shall have the right to challenge the
choice of the accused by shewing good cause,
of which the claaa Bhall also judge.
.'). A y -crciary shall be appointed by thecoma
mitteO) to t;ikc down regular minutes of the ev-
idence and proceedings of the trial; which, to-
gether with a copy of the decision, and all other
documents belonging to the trial, shall be pre-
lerved bj the superintendent, \\\\<> shall furnish
each of the parties with a copy of the decision,
4. If the accused be found guilty of the of-
. the committee, or a majority thereof,
shall, in their decision, name the penalty to
which the accused shall be subjected. And the
superintendent shall carry it into effect.
5. In every instance of condemnation, the
accused minister, preacher or member determin-
ing to appeal from the decision of the commit-
tee, shall signify in writing, to the executive min-
ister, within twenty days after the close of the
trial, his determination to appeal, and in default
thereof his appeal shall not lie.
6. If an accused minister, preacher, or mem-
ber evade trial by absenting himself; after due no-
tice shall have been given him, the investiga-
Ition before the committee shall, nevertheless
3S TRIAL OF MINISTERS, &,C
be instituted, and the testimony heard; and rf
a majority of the committee find him guilty of
the charge, the executive minister shall carry
the sentence into effect.
7. Should the accused person be the super-
intendent, the official notifications, appoint-
ment of the committee, &c. shall be performed by
the president of the district, or such other min-
ister as he may appoint for the purpose.
8. In all cases of personal offence between
brethren, the direction of our Lord in Mat.
xviii. 15, — 17, shall be pursued.
"Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass
against thee, go and tell him his fault between
thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou
hast gained thy brother."
"But if he will not hear thee, then take
with thee one or two more, that in the mouths' of
two or three witnesses every word may be es-
"And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell
it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear
the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen
and a publican."
9. On any dispute between two or more mem-
bers of our church, concerning the payment of
debts, or otherwise, which cannot be settled by
the parties concerned, the superintendent shall
recommend to the contending parties a refer-
ence, consisting of one arbiter chosen by the
plaintiff and another by the defendant; the two
arbiters to choose a third, a majority of whom
shall decide the case.
See the Constitution, Article v.
1. The leaders' meeting, and all other church
meeting*, shall be opened and concluded with
prayer. A xcrctarv shall he appointed by the
meeting annually, or oftener if necessary, whose
duty it shall be, to make a fair record of the pro-
' ceedmgs in a hook kept for the purpc
2. The names of all the leaders shall be called
over at every meeting, noting those present or
absent and the amount each leader pays over to
the stewards or treasurer, as weekly or quar-
terly collections from his class.
3 The leaders' class books shall be examined
quarterly, by the meeting.
4. The leaders' meeting shall occasionally in-
quire into the punctuality of each leader in meet-
ing his class, visiting his sick* and delinquent
members, and his attendance at the leaders'
meeting; and all prudent means shall be em-
ployed to induce faithfulness in the discharge of
these important duties.
5. The list of probationers shall be read over at
least once a month, and all those probationer
who have the proper recommendation from their
class, and obtain the vote of a majority of all the
leaders present, shall be admitted to full member-
ship, and reported to the church on the first suit-
able occasion. It shall be the duty of the respec-
•Sick members should inform their leader of their in-
40 QUARTERLY CONFERENCE.
tive leaders, on the following class day, to inform
such persons of their reception, and to exhort
them to faithfulness and diligence in the service
of the Lord.
6. Inquiry shall be made by the superinten-
dent, at every meeting, for the sick, and those
who may need a pastoral visit.
7. All appropriations for the relief of the poor
in the station, shall be made by the leaders' meet-
ing, and applied by the stewards; who shall visit
the suffering member or members, in company
with the leader, and administer to their necessi-
ties, in the manner prescribed by the meeting.
8. The leaders' meeting shall appoint times
for holding general class meetings, for the pur-
poses of giving all the members an opportunity
of speaking the one to the other of the grace and
mercy of God, and of uniting in prayer for the
out-pouring of the holy spirit, and the revival
of true andundefiled religion in all the churches.
On those occasions, the superintendent, or
one of the other ministers, shall conduct the
meeting, and particularly avail himself of the op-
portunity to excite in the members holy affec-
tionsj heavenly mindedness, and zeal for the
glory of God, and the salvatiouof men.
See the Constitution, Article vi.
I. The quarterly conference shall be organ-
ized by the appointment of a chairman and
secretary; and opened by reading a portion of
scripture and prayer.
QUARTERLY COW EM* 41
2. Should I charge of immorality, neglect of
christian duty, <»r of disseminating unscriptural
doctrines, bo exhibited against any member of
the conference during the examination, the ac-
cusation, together with the names of the ac-
cuser and witi shall be referred to the
proper authorities, to be investigated in accord-
ance with discipline
3. The first quarterly conference in each con-
ference year, shall appoint a committee of
animation to assist, advise and examine candi-
dates for the ministry. It shall be the duty of
the committee, to see that the candidates pur-
sue the course of reading prescribed by the dis-
cipline; to examine them occasionally on doc-
trines, and religious experience* and, when they
shall have made the necessary attainments, to give
them a written testimonial of their qualifications.
But no committee shall give a testimonial, ex-
cept the candidate be a man of unexceptionable
moral character, genuine piety, and have respec-
table attainments, at least, an ability to state,
and defend the leading doctrines of Christianity.
No person shall be licensed to preach, ex-
cept he present a testimonial from the com-
mittee of examination.
The following questions shall be put to each
candidate, and if he answer them satisfactorily
he may be licensed.
Have you faith in Christ; and are you striving
to be holy in heart, and in all manner of conver-
42 QUARTERLY CONFERENCE.
Have you any other motive in requesting li-
cense to preach, than a desire to be instru-
mental in edifying the church of God, calling
sinners to repentance, and saving your own soul
and those that hear you?
Do you believe that the holy Scriptures of the
Old and New Testaments contain all things ne-
cessary to salvation?
Have you examined our constitution and dis-
cipline; do you approve of them, and are you
willing to comply with their requirements?
Are you solvent?
4. The quarterly conference shall designate
the times and places for preaching in the circuit
or station, and every new preaching place, shall
be reported to the ensuing quarterly conference,
and if approved of by that body, shall be entered
on the list of appointments; and no appointment
on a circuit shall be discontinued, without the
approbation of the quarterly conference.
5. The quarterly conference of each circuit
and station shall keep a register, in which shall
be entered the names of all the males in full
membership, over the age of twenty-one years;
and the baptisms and marriages.
6. The time and place for holding the suc-
ceeding quarterly conference, shall be determin-
ed on by the conference; and it shall be the duty
of the superintendent, to give public notice from
all the pulpits, at least four weeks prior to the
sitting of the conference in a circuit, and two
weeks in a station.
7. In all appeals brought before the quarterly
ANNTAI, < ONFF.RFNCn. 43
conference, the same order shall be observed,
and the s;mic privilege! accorded to the appel-
ant and accuser as are granted in appeals be-
fore the annual conference!
8. No minister, preacher, or official member,
who ah all have been suspended by a committee,
shall perform the duties of his oflice while his
appeal is pending; and no person who shall have
sat on a case in committee, or who was the ac-
cuser shall be permitted to vote on the appeal.
9. Each quarterly conference, shall have pow-
er to receive ministers and preachers of other
denominations into full fellowship and ministe-
rial standing, on receiving satisfactory testimo-
nials from the applicant.
ANNUAL CONFERENCE. .
See the Constitution, Article vii.
1. The president of the last year shall open
the conference by reading a portion of the word
of God, and prayer. He shall preside in the
conference until the president for the ensuing
year shall have been elected. A secretary shall
be appointed to serve during the sitting of the
2. The conference shall judge of election re-
turns, and qualifications of the delegates.* A
majority of all the members in attendance shall
constitute a quorum.
* At the annual conference next preceding the gene-
ral conference, all the delegates must be laymen.
44 ANNUAL CONFERENCE.
3. Should a charge of immorality, be prefer-
red against any ministerial member of the con-
ference, during the examination of character, the
accusation, together with the names of the accu-
ser and witnesses shall be referred to the presi-
dent of the conference, to be investigated by com-
mittee, in the circuit or station where the suppos-
ed offence is alleged to have been committed.
4. No minister or preacher shall be received
into the conference to itinerate, except he have
a recommendation from a quarterly conference,
or a certificate from an annual conference, or
the president thereof.
5. No president or conference shall have
power to withhold a testimonial, if the minister
or preacher requiring it, shall have complied
with his engagements, and his moral character
stand fair; but neither the conference into
which the minister or preacher desires to be
received, nor its president, shall be obliged to
employ him as an itinerant or missionary, except
his labours can be profitably directed.
6. Every minister or preacher received by the
president, during the interval of conference,
shall be subjected to a vote of the conference
before his name can be printed in the minutes
as a stationed minister or preacher, except in
cases of transfer.
7. Itinerant ministers and preachers may be
transferred from one district to another, by ne-
gociation between the presidents of said dis-
tricts, provided the minister or preacher con-
sent to the transfer. All acts of transfer, thus
\.\ni U OONFBUBTCB. 45
made, shnll be valid, and above the control of
ihe annual conferen<
8. Ministers and preachers coming Brom
other denominations may be received by the
conference, or, in the interval of conference,
by the president, without their having the recom-
mendation required io other ca
9. No minister or preacher, who shell have
beeil rejected by an annual conference, shall be
employed by its president, unless the confer-
ence grant him permission under specified con-
10. Every preacher shall be eligible to dea-
con's orders, after he shall have preached two
years under a license, and shall have arrived at
tin age of twenty-one years.
11. Every deacon shall be eligible to elder's
orders, when he shall have exercised the ollice
of deacon acceptably two year-.
12. In cases of missions and similar necessi-
preachers may be elected to deacon's or-
ders, and deacons to elder's orders, without re-
gard to time, provided they possess the requisite
13. No person shall be elected to orders, ex-
cept lie be a man of unexceptionable moral
character, genuine piety, respectable attain-
ments, an.l sound in the belief of the fundamen-
tal doctrine- of Christianity, and faithful in the
discharge I duties.
11. The i§ -hall have authority to
preach the gospel of Christ, to baptize and eel-
46 ANNUAL CONFERENCE.
ebrate matrimony, and to assist the elder in ad-
ministering the Lord's supper.
15. The elders shall have authority to admin-
ister the Lord's supper, baptize, celebrate mat-
rimony, and perform all parts of divine worship.
16. Ordination shall be performed by the
president, assisted by two or more other eiders.
17 Every person who appeals to the annual
conference, from the decision of a committee
of trial, shall be permitted to appear before the
conference; and after all the documents, belong-
ing to the trial had before the committee, shall
have been read, shall state the reasons of his ap-
peal. His accuser shall then be permitted to
support his charges in the presence of the ap-
pelant. The appelant may in turn make his re-
ply, which shall close the proceedings on both
sides, except the conference grant the accuser
permission to speak a second time. The appel-
ant and accuser shall then retire, and the
conference shall decide, and furnish the appel-
ant with a copy of their decision. Provided,
that in all cases of appeal, the tribunal to which
the appeal is made, shall not enter into the mer-
its of the cause, (except at the request of the
appelant) but only to decide on the legality of
the proceedings of the committee of trial, and
either confirm or reverse the same; if reversed,
the cause shall be remanded for trial.
18. In any case, however, where the appelant
can shew sufficient cause why he should have
a new trial before a committee, the conference
shall grant it. with the privilege of an appeal.
ANNUAL CONFFRKNcr 17
19. No station or circuit shall be divided, un-
less each part have ability to support one or
more preachers, and the delegate from the cir-
cuit or station request the division.
20. In stationing the ministers and preachers,
the annual conference shall not be obliged to
give an appointment to any man, who in the
opinion of a majority of the members, is incom-
petent to the duties thereof, or who, they may
believe, will neglect the appointment.
21. No minister or preacher, appointed to a
circuit or station, shall cease from his itinerant
labours, until the term of service assigned him
shall have expired, except by the consent of the
22. The annual conferences, respecti/ely, shall
elect annually, a standing committee of three
elders, whose duty it shall be, in the event of
the death, resignation or suspension of the
president, to appoint a president pro. tern, to
serve until the sitting of the next annual confer-
Should charges be preferred against the presi-
dent of an annual conference, the committee
shall call upon one of the superintendents of
the district to perform the official notifications,
and to act as executive officer in the trial, in
accordance with the rule provided for the trial
23. It shall be the duty of each itinerant min-
ister and preacher, to furnish annually to the
steward of the conference of which he is a
member, a certificate from the station or circuit
48 ANNUAL CONFERENCE.
steward, shewing the amount of money or other
articles he has received, as compensation, the
24. Each annual conference shall publish its
minutes, containing, 1. A list of all the appoint-
ments for the ensuing year. 2. A complete list
of all the stationed and unstationed ministers
and preachers within the district, and those who
are superannuated. 3. The names of those min-
isters and preachers who have deceased, with-
drawn, or been expelled. 4. The general ex-
hibit of the conference steward. 5 The num-
ber of members, including ministers and preach-
ers. 6. The time and place of holding the next
annual conference; and such other information
as may be deemed acceptable and serviceable to
25. It shall be the duty of the respective an-
nual conferences, to forward to the book agent
and editor, post paid, such extracts from their
minutes, annually, as they may deem proper for
26. A public collection shall be made on the
first Sabbath of the conference, in all the houses
of worship belonging to the station where the
conference is held, for the purpose of defraying
the incidental expenses of the conference.
27. No member of conference shall withdraw
himself from its sittings, without permission,
until all the business shall have been transacted.
advict TO ■TIlIBTKRfl A? 9ERS. VJ
Keep your own soul alive to God by iiwdita-
lion, prayer and searching the Bcriptnres, daily.
Elead the old and new testam< tdarly
through, if practicable, once every year; and
avail yourself of all the helpa within your reach
to obtain a correct- understanding of the word
of life. "Study to shew thyself approved unto
Qed, a workman that needeth not to be asham*
ed, rightly dividing the word of truth/'
Neither be unemployed, nor engaged about
trifles. Do every thing at the time appointed;
and complete every thing you commence.
Never disappoint a congregation, nor spend
more time in a place than is strictly necessary.
lur constantly, to feel the high responsibili-
ties of your office and ministry; take heed
that the blood of souls be not found on your
Be an example of the believers, in word, in
conversation in charity, in spirit, in faith, in
purity; and avoid all affectation, effeminacy,
and every thing like austerity. Be affable and
courteous in your manners; and let your whole
deportment be mild and inoffensive. "Learn of
me;" said the blessed Jesus, "for I am meek and
lowly in heart."
In your dress, keep clear of the two extremes;
antiquated singularity on the one hand, and
fashionable foppishness on the other. Abstain
50 DUTIES OF THE SUPERINTENDENT*
from the use of tobacco in all its forms; and use
no stimulating liquors, except medicinally.
Remember, it is your imperious duty, not to
preach yourself, but Christ crucified, the great
sacrifice for sin, and the only Saviour of the
world. We, "charge thee, therefore, before God
and the Lord Jesus Christ who shall judge the
quick and the dead, at his appearing; preach the
word: be instant, in season, out of season; re-
prove, rebuke, exhort, with all long suffering and
DUTIES OF THE SUPERINTENDENT.
See the Constitution, Artiele xi.
1. It shall be the duty of the superintendent of a
circuit or station, to fill the pulpits or have them
filled, in accordance with the regulations of the
quarterly conference; and to administer the or-
dinances, assisted by his brethren in the minis-
2. To receive persons on probation, and exe-
3. To visit all the classes, at least once a
quarter, if practicable; and see that they are duly
and properly met by their respective leaders.
4. To give due notice, from all the pulpits in
his circuits or station, of the time and place of
holding the ensuing quarterly conference.
5. To hold love feasts and watch nights, and
appoint prayer meetings; to renew the tickets
quarterly for the admission of members into love
feasts in stations, and to give notes to serious
m m tl 01 1 :n- SI i ■ BHTi 51
qi U ho d< lire to be present; te \ fail the
>i« k. the poor, I he a jed and infirm members
well ad those in health and better circumstances.
(>. To detain the societj occasionally, after
preaching, for ilio purpose of giving them such
adfice and exhortation as may be requisite.
7. To organise the children of members in
classes of moderate Bize, and appoint buiI
leaders, male or female; whose duty it shall be,
to instruct them in the principles and pra<
of the christian religion*
We consider the religious instruction of chil-
dren to be one of the most imperious obligations
of Christianity; therefore, every superintendent
shall i far aa practicable, the children of
our community, for the purposes of religious in-
struction: shall report the number and state
of th( onference annually; and
shall be held equally responsible to the confer-
ence fortius pari of his duty as for any other.
8. To k< \,trt record of all the mem-
bers 1 1 uon or circuit, and of
the baptisms, and marriages; and report the same
to the quarterly conference, and the numbers in
ty in his c i the annual conference.
i). To i irterly, when practicable, to
the president, the state of his circuit or station;
and, at the close of his year, to leave his succes-
plan of the cin nit.
10. To i to those who d<
to remove to anol lei Btation, circuit, or society.
No superintendent shall withhold a certificate
or testimonial from persons whose moral char
52 DUTIES OF CLASS LEADERS.
stands fair. A suitable testimonial shall not be
withheld from those who purpose to withdraw
from the fellowship of the Methodist Protestant
11. The superintendent shall have authority
to cause his assistant minister or preacher to aid
him in the discharge of all the above named du-
ties; and also, if necessary, to employ other min-
isters, or official members of the circuit or sta-
tion, to assist him.
DUTIES OF CLASS LEADERS.
See the Constitution, Article xi.
It shall be the duty of each class leader —
1. To meet his class once a week, in order;
To instruct the members in the principles
and duties of Christianity; to comfort them in af-
fliction; to advise them in cases of difficulty; and
to exhort them to diligence and perseverance in
doing and suffering the whole will of God.
2. To receive what they are willing to give
towards the relief of the preachers, church, and
Each leader shall have the names of all the
members of his class entered in a book or paper,
kept by him for the purpose, in which he shall
note, weekly, the presence or absence of each
member, and, give each one credit on the book
or paper for the amount contributed.
3. It shall also be the duty of each leader to
attend the leaders' meeting at all its meetings, to
DttTIIS 01 PHI C0NFERENC1
represent the state of hia cla over to
the stewards what he has
inform the snperiutendenl of an) that .'ire Bick,
01 Deed a pastoral visit.
t. It shall be the duty of each leader to visit
the sick, and those members who frequently ab-
i from tins means of gra< e; and
to promote the spiritual, temporal, and eternal
interests of those committed to his caie.
Cla should occasionally meet each
others classes; and also vary tin exercises in
those meetings for the purpose of making them
interesting, lively, and spiritual.
It is recommended, whenever practicable, that
HO cli l< ed thirty in number, and that no
continue longer than one hour.
' nstitution, Article- \i.
]. It shall be the duty of the conference stew-
ard, to receive the money- collected t<> meet the
incidental expense - of the conference, and for
making up deficiencies in the allowance of the
efficient, and superannuated ministers and
preachers, their wives, widows, and children.
\t. To] f the funds received, the con-
tmj. at « f the conference; and to pay
to the preachl rs tl OlKributed lor their
relief, as contemplated by the discipline, and by
those individuals or societies whose liberality
shall have prompted them to aid in this good
54 DUTIES OF THE CONFERENCE STEWARDS.
The funds held by the steward, shall be equal-
ly divided among all the claimants, except where
individuals or societies direct a specific appro-
priation of any part of their contributions. But
no one shall receive more than the allowance
fixed by this convention or the general confer-
In settling with the preachers, the conference
steward shall account with them for all books
and newspapers received by them on account of
the book agent and editor. He shall pay no
preacher's travelling expenses, to or from the
conference — these must be paid by the preach-
ers themselves, and be refunded to them by the
stewards of the circuits or stations to which they
may be appointed for the ensuing year.
The travelling expenses of the delegates, must
be met by the respective circuits and stations
which send them up to conference, if they de-
3. To make out an accurate exhibit, at con-
1st. What each preacher has received from
his circuit or station, during the past year.
2. The amount paid to each out of the funds
received for the relief of the preachers.
3. The amount forwarded to conference from
each circuit and station as conference collec-
tion, and the respective sums forwarded by in-
dividuals or societies.
The conference may appoint two or more del-
egates to assist the conference steward.
DUTIES Of THE CIRCUIT AND 81 ' riOfl v I I .u
i. It shall be the duty of the stewards of a
on, 10 recen e and take an e
unt of the ordinary church am' class collec-
tions, and all appropriations made for t\u* sup-
port of the preachers in the station or circuit;
to pay to the preachers quarterly, or oftener if
nee, isary, their allowance, out of the* Funds re-
ceiver; to meet all contingent expenses; and to
make an accurate return to I . or quar-
terly conference) of their receipts and disburse-
ments during each quarter, arid a fair exhibit
of the temporal condition of the station or cir-
To make the necessary provision and pre-
paration lor the Lord's supper and love feast; to
receive the collections made on those occasions,
and all other moneys contributed tor the relief of
the poor. And to distribute those funds as oc-
casion may require; in stations, as the leaders'
meeting may direct; "and in circuirs. according
to their best judgment, having special regard to
those poor members who are the most necesai-
t0V8 and deserving. The stewards shall make
a quarterly return to the society, or quarterly con-
ference, of their poor collections and distribu-
tions, and the state of those funds.
3. To use all proper means, when necessary,
to induce the members, and those who sit n
larly under our ministry, tobp liberal in their con-
5G GENERAL DUTIES OF TRUSTEES.
The stewards shall keep a separate book fof
the purpose of entering the weekly, monthly, or
quarterly donations made by those who are not
members of the church.
4. To see that a conference collection be
taken up, some time in the last quarter, pre-
viously to the sitting of the annual conference,
both in the classes and in the congregations.
The whole collection, when made, shall be for-
warded by the stewards to the conference stew-
5. The stewards shall also see that a collec-
tion be taken up some time in the year preced-
ing the sitting of the general conference, and
forward the amount to that body, to assist in de-
fraying the expenses of assembling the represen-
6. The stewards of each circuit and station
shall furnish each itinerant minister and preach-
er in their circuit or station, previously to his
going up to conference, with a certificate, shew*
ing the amount of money or other articles he has
received, as quarterage, &,c. during the year.
GENERAL DUTIES OF TRUSTEES.
1. It shall be the duty of the trustees, to hold
the property of individual churches in trust for
the use and benefit of the members thereof; and
to fill up all vacancies occasioned in their board
by death, resignation, or ceasing to be a mem-
ber of the Methodist Protestant Church, or other-
wise, during their period of service.
We recommend, that in all deeds, the trus-
vsrai m rni oi 1 1 $7
tees elected to serve for any definite term of
-. be authorized to remain in office until
other trustees shall ha\ e bees eh pi in
of resignation, ^v c.
2, To hold j>< riodical meetings, and keep a
l;nr and regular record of all the transactions of
their beard, in a book provided for the purp ise,
which shall at all times be open for the inspec-
tion of the members of the church.
'•). To Uke care of the church property, fur-
niture, and premises, burial ground, &c«
L The trustees shall have power, when au-
thorized bv two-thirds of the male members, over
the age of twenty- one years, assembled at a reg-
ular meeting for the purpose,. to purchase, build,
repair, lease, sell, rent, mortgage, or otherwise
procure or dispose of property, and on no other
condition or conditions whatever*
JOHN AND CHARLES WESLEYS'
I. There is one only condition previously re-
quired of those who desire admission into these
Societies, a desire to flee from the wrath to come,
and be saved from their sins: But, whenever this
is really fixed in the soul, it will be shown by its
fruits. It is therefore expected of all who con-
tinue therein, that they continue to evidence
their desire of salvation,
First, By doing no harm, by avoiding evil in
every kind; especially that which is most gen-
erally practised. Such as
The taking the name of God in vain:
The profaning the day of the Lord, either by
doing ordinary work thereon, or buying or sell-
Drunkenness, buying or selling spirituous li-
quors; or drinking them, unless in cases of ex-
Fighting, quarrelling, brawling; brother going
to law with brother; returning evil for evil, or
railing for railing: The using many words in
buying or selling:
The buying or selling an customed goods:
The giving or taking things on usury: i. e. un-
Uncharitable or unprofitable conversation; par-
ticularly speaking evil of magistrates, or of min-
WIS] i \ S 1 ».r\ KH 1 1 i:' U li
Doing to oth( n h we would no; they should
do unto as:
I) ting what we know id nol for the glorj of
\<. The putting on of gold or costly apparel:
The taking such diversions as cannot be used
in the name of the Lord Jesus:
The tinging those songs, or reading those
honks, winch do not tend to the knowledge or
Jove of God:
Softness, and needless self-indulgence.
Laying up treasure upon earth:
Borrowing without a probability of paying; or
taking op goods without a probability of pay-
ing lor them.
II. It is exported of all who continue in
these Societies, that they continue to evidence
their desire of sali ation,
Secondly, bj doing good, by being in every
kind merciful alter thnr power, as they have
opportunity, doing good of every possible sort,
and. as tar as is possible to all men:
To their bodies, 6f the ability which God
thj by giving food to the hungry, by clothing
the naked, by visiting or helping them that are
sick or in prison*
To their souls, by instructing, reproving, or
exhorting all any intercourse with;
trampling under toot that enthusiastic doctrine
of devils, that "We are not to do good unless
our hearts befn
By doing good especially to them that arc of
60 WESLEYS'* GENERAL RULES.
the household of faith, or groaning so to be; em-
. ploying them preferable to others, buying one
of another, helping each other in business, and
so much the more, because the world will love
its own and them only. .
By all possible diligence and frugality, that
the Gospel be not blamed.
By running with patience the race that is set
before them, denying themselves, and taking up
their cross daily; submitting to bear the reproach
of Christ; to be as the filth and orTscouring of
the world; and looking, that men should "say
all manner of evil of them falsely, for the Lord's
III. It is expected of all who desire to con-
tinue in these Societies, that they continue to evi-
dence their desire of salvation.
Thirdly, By attending on all the ordinances
of God: — such are,
The public worship of God: The ministry of
the word, either read or expounded:
The Supper of the Lord; family and private
prayer: searching the Scriptures; and fasting or
These are the general rules of our Societies,
all which we are taught of God to observe, even
in his written word, the only rule, and the suf-
ficient rule both of our faith and practice. And
all these, we know his Spirit writes on every
truly awakened heart. If there be any among
us who observe them not, who habitually break
any of them, let it be made known unto them
WWilMYl r> J
who watohoTer that soul, as they that must
an account. \\ Y will admonisfi him of the i
of hi- wa\.-. We will beat with him tur a BeUOIh
Hut then, if he repent not, he hath no more
place among 110. We btfre delivered our own
London, May I, 1743.
ARTICLES OF RELIGION.
I. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.
There is but one living and true God, ever-
lasting, without body or parts, of infinite power,
wisdom, and goodness, the maker and preserver
of all things, visible and invisible. And in unity of
this Godhead, there are three persons of one
substance, power and eternity; — the Father, the
Son, and he Holy Ghost.
II. Of the Word, or the Son of God, who was
made very Man.
The Son, who is the Word of the Father,
the very and eternal God, of one substance with
the Father, took man's nature in the womb of
the blessed Virgin: so that two whole and per-
fect natures, that is to say, the God-head and
manhood, were joined together in one person,
never to be divided, whereof is one Christ,
very God and very man, who truly suffered, was
crucified, dead and buried, to reconcile his fa-
ther to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for
original guilt, but also for actual sins of men.
III. Of the Resurrection of Christ.
Christ did truly rise again from the dead, and
took again his body, with all things appertaining
to the perfection of man's nature, wherewith he
ascended into heaven, and there sitteth until he
return to judge all men at the last day.
ARTICLES OF RELIOIOK. 63
IV. Of the J My Ghost.
The Holy (ihost, proceeding from the Father
and the Son, i.^ of one substance, majesty, and
glory with the Father and the Son, very and
V. The Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for
The Holy Scripture contains all things necessa-
ry to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read
therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be
required of any man, that it should be believed
as an article of faith, or be thought requsite or
necessary to salvation. In the name of the
Holy Scripture, we do understand those canon-
ical books of the Old and New Testament, of
whose authority was never any doubt in the
The names of the Canonical Books.
The First Book of Samuel,
The Second Book of Samuel,
The First Book of Kings,
64 ARTICLES OF RELIGION.
The Second Book of Kings,
The First Book of Chronicles,
The Second Book of Chronicles,
The Book of Ezra,
The Book of Nehemiah,
The Book of Esther,
The Book of Job,
Ecclesiastes, or the Preacher,
Cantica, or Songs of Solomon,
Four Prophets the greater,
Twelve Prophets the less:
All the Books of the New Testament, as
they are commonly received, we do receive and
VI. Of the Old Testament.
The Old Testament is not contrary to the
New: for in both the Old and New Testament,
everlasting life is offered to mankind by Christ,
who is the only Mediator between God and man,
being both God and man. Wherefore, they are
not to be heard, who feign that the old fathers did
look only for transitory promises. Although the
law given from God by Moses, as touching cer-
emonies and rites, doth not bind christians, nor
ought the civil precepts thereof of necessity
be received in any commonwealth; yet, notwith-
standing, no christian whatsoever is free from
the obedience of the commandments which are
ARTICLES 0? RELICIOX. f>3
VII. Of Original Sin.
Original sin standeth not in the following of
Adam (as the Pelagians do vainly talk) but it is
the corruption of the nature of every man, that
naturally if engendered of the offspring of Adam,
whereby man is very far gone from original right-
eousness, and of his own nature inclined to evil,
and that continually.
VIII. Of Free Will.
The condition of man after the fall of Adam
is such, that he cannot turn and prepare himself
by his own natural strength and works to faith,
and calling upon God: Wherefore we have no
power to do good works, pleasant and accept-
able to God, without the grace of God by Christ
preventing us, that we may have a good will,
and working with us, when we have that good
IX- Of the Justification of Man.
We are accounted righteous before God, only
for the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ by faith, and not for our own works or
deservings; — Wherefore, that we are justified
by faith only, is a most wholesome doctrine,
and very full of comfort.
X. Of Good Works.
Although good works, which are the fruits of
faith, and follow after justification, cannot put
66 ARTICLES OF RELIGION.
sway our sins, and endure the severity of God's
judgments; yet are they pleasing and accepta-
ble to God in Christ, and spring out of a true
and lively faith, insomuch that by them a lively
faith may be as evidently known, as a tree is
discerned by its fruit.
XL Of Works of Supererogation.
Voluntary works, besides, over and above
God's commandments, which are called works of
supererogation, cannot be taught without arro-
gancy and impiety. — For by them men do de-
clare, that they do not only render unto God
as much as they are bound to do, but that they
do more for his sake than of bounden duty is
required: Whereas Christ saith plainly, When
ye have done all that is commanded, you say,
We are unprofitable servants.
XII. Of sin after justification.
Not every sin willingly committed after jus-
tification, is the sin against the Holy Ghost, and
unpardonable. Wherefore, the grant of repent-
ance is not to be denied to such as fall into sin
after justification: After we have received the
Holy Ghost, we may depart from grace given,
and fall into sin, and by the grace of God,
rise again, and amend our lives. And there-
fore they are to be condemned, who say they
can no more sin as long as they live here; or
deny the place of forgiveness to such as truly
Mi 1 [< 1 .1 I nl Kll.li.lON G7
XUL Qfthe Chunk.
The rifible Church of Christ is a congrega-
tion <>t Faithful men, in which the pure word of
God is preached, and the sacraments duly ad-
ministered according to Christ's ordinance, in
all those things that of necessity arc requisite to
XIV. Of Purgatory.
The Romish doctrine concerning purgatory
pardon, worshipping, and adoration, as well of
jes, as of relics, and also invocation of saints,
is a fond thing vainly invented, and grounded
upon no warrant of scripture, but repugnant to
the word of God.
XV. Of %pcakt*g in the Congregation in such a
Tongue as the People understand.
It is a thing plainly repugnant to the word of
God, and the custom of the primitive church, to
have public prayer in the church, or to minister
the sacraments in a tongue not understood by
XVI. Of the Sacraments.
Sacraments ordained of Christ, are not only
badges or tokens of christian men's profession:
but rather they are certain signs of grace, and
God's good-will towards us, by the which he
doth work invisibly in us, and doth not only
68 ARTICLES OP RELI6I0K.
quicked, but also, strengthen and confirm our
faith in him.
There are two sacraments ordained of Christ
our Lord, in the gospel; that is to say, Baptism
and the supper of the Lord.
Those five commonly called sacraments, that
is to say, Confirmation, Penance, Orders, Mat-
rimony, and extreme Unction, are not to be
counted for Sacraments of the Gospel, being
such as have partly grown out of the corrupt
following of the Apostles; and partly are states
of life allowed in the Scriptures, but yet have not
the like nature of Baptism and the Lord's Sup-
per, because they have not any visible sign or
ceremony ordained of God.
The Sacraments were not ordained of Christ
to be gazed upon, or to be carried about; but
that we should duly use them. And in such
only as worthily receive the same, they have a
wholesome effect or operation: but they that re-
ceive them unworthily, purchase to themselves
condemnation, as St. Paul saith. 1 Cor. xi. 29.
XVII. Of Baptism.
Baptism is not only a sign of profession, and
mark of difference, whereby christians are dis-
tinguished from others that are not baptised;
but it is also a sign of regeneration, or the new
birth: The baptism of young children is to be
retained in the church.
A KTH LBS OF H ELK G¥
Will, (n't fit Lard's SupptT.
The rapper of the Lord is not only a sign
thai Christiana ought to have among themselves
one to another, but rather i- ;i Bacrament of our
redemption by Christ's death: insomuch, that
h as rightly, worthily, and with faith receive
the same, the bread which we break is a par-
taking of the body of Christ; and likewise the
cnp of bit a partaking of the blood of
Transnbstantiation, or the change of the sub-
stance of bread and wine in the supper of our
Lord, cannot be proved by holy writ; but is re-
pugnant to the plain words of scripture, over-
throweth the nature of a sacrament, and hath
given to many superstitions.
The body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten,
in the supper, only after a heavenly and scrip-
tural manner. And the means whereby the
body of Christ is received and eaten in the sup-
per, is faith.
The sacrament of the Lord's supper was not
by Christ's ordinance reserved, carried about,
lifted up, or worshipped.
XIX. Of both kinds.
The cup of the Lord is not to be denied to
the lay-people, for both the parts of the Lord's
supper by Christ's ordinance and commandment
ought to be administered to all christians alike.
70 ARTICLES OF RELIOIOX,
XX. Of the one oblation of Christ finished upon
The offering of Christ once made, is that per-
fect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction
for all the sins of the whole world, both original
and actual: and there is none other satisfaction
for sin but that alone. ( Wherefore the sacrifice
of masses in the which it is commonly said that
the priest doth offer Christ for the quick and the
dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, is a
blasphemous fable, and dangerous deceit.
XXI. Of the Marriage of Ministers.
The ministers of Christ are not commanded
by God's law either to vow the state of single
life, or to abstain from marriage; therefore it is
lawful for them, as for all other christians, to
marry at their own discretion, as they shall judge
the same to serve best to godliness.
XXII. Of the Rites and Ceremonies of Churches.
It is not necessary that rites and ceremonies
should in all places be the same, or exactly alike,
for they have been always different, and may be
changed according to the diversity of countries,
times, and men's manners, so that nothing be
ordained against God's > word. Whosoever,
through his private judgment, willingly and
purposely doth openly break the rites and cer-
emonies of the church to which he belongs,
ARTICLES OF RELIGION'. 71
which arc not repugnant to \\\o word of Qod,
and are Ordained and approved by common au-
thority, ought to bi rebuked openly, that others
may fear to do the like, as one that offendeth
against the common order of the church, and
WOundeth the consciences of weak brethren.
Every particular church may ordain, change,
or abolish rites and ceremonies, so that all things
may be done to edification.
XXIII. Of the Rulers of the United States of
The President, the Congress, the General
Assemblies, the Governors, and the Councils of
State, as the delegates of the people, are the rulers
of the United States of America, according to
the division of power made to them by the consti-
tution of the United States, and by the constitu-
tions of their respective States. And the said
States are a sovereign and independent nation,
and ought not to be subject to any foreign juris-
XXIV. Of Christian men's Goods*
The riches and goods of christians are not
common as touching the right, title, and posses-
sion of the same, as some do falsely boast. Not-
withstanding, every man ought, of such things
as he possesseth, liberally to give alms to the
poor, according to his ability.
72 ARTICLES OF RELIGION.
XXV. Of a Christian man's Oath.
As we confess that vain and rash swearing is
forbidden christian men by our Lord Jesus Christ,
and James his apostle; so we judge that the
christian religion doth not prohibit, but that a
man may swear, or affirm, when the magistrate
requireth, in a cause of faith and charity, so it
be done according to the prophet's teaching, in
justice, judgment and truth.
The morning service on the Lord's day, shall
GODttsfl of singing a hymn, prayer, and reading a
portion of the word of God; then singing another
hymn, or part thereof, and preaching. After
sermon, another hymn, or part of a hymn, shall
be sung, an appropriate prayer addressed to the
throne of grace, and the congregation dismissed
with the apostolical benediction, while the
preacher and congregation are yel kneeling.
The afternoon and e\ enin j sen ices shall con-
ofthe same .-\ KCept reading por-
tions of Scripture, which may he omitted.
We recommend that no sermon exceed one
hour; and that the minister be not tedious in con-
ducting the other parts of divine worship. It is
further recommended, that the Lord's prayer be
repeated at the close of the first morning prayer.
During public worship, the congregation
\pected to attend with becoming gravity,
abstaining from all salutations of persons pre-
sent, or coming in: and from gazing about,
>ing, smiling, whispering, and all other in-
decent behaviour. 4
* It is expected of all who attend on our ministry, that
they carefully avoid the too common practice of stand-
iboilt the church doors before service, and of lciv-
fore the congregation is regularly dis-
74 MEANS OF GRACE.
While the minister is addressing the throne of
grace, the whole congregation should meekly
kneel before God; and during the singing of the
first hymn, stand up with their faces towards
the minister, and assist in this delightful part of
divine worship. The verses of the second hymn
should be read over by the minister, and then
sung by the people while seated.
We recommend that all our members take
their hymn books to the church with them, and
sing with the spirit, and with the understanding
In administering the ordinances, and the bu-
rial of the dead, let the form of Discipline be
MEANS OF GRACE.
The means of grace recognized by this Church
are, the public worship of Almighty God,
searching the scriptures, the Lord's supper,
love feasts, class meetings, private and family
Members of the church, who habitually ne-
glect these means of grace, shall first be admon-
ished by their leader; then if they refuse to amend,
the case shall be reported to the superinten-
dent, who shall admonish them a second time;
if all shall be unavailing, after sufficient trial,
the superintendent shall propose to them volun
tarily to withdraw from the fellowship of the
church; if they agree with the proposal they
shall be recorded as withdrawn: but if they re-
IDMlNIftB ITI0N 01 75
hse tad still will not amend, they shall be Ut-
ile to a trial before a committee, who shall have
authority I rjsure, or exclude them,
as m their judgment the nature of the rase may
require; provided, that no person be excluded
pi lor a habitual neglect of these means of
Order far the administration of the Lord's Supper.
On the day appointed for the celebration of
the Lord- Supper, an appropriate discourse shall
be delivered; after which, a collection shall be
taken up for the relief of the poor.
While the stewards are making the collection,
let the minister repeat one or more of the fol-
Let your light so shine before men, that they
may see y«»ur good works, and glorify your
Father which is in heaven. Matt. v. 16,
He that soweth sparingly, shall also reap
sparingly; and he that soweth bountifully, shall
also reap bountifully. Let every man do ac-
cording as he is disposed in his heart; not grud-
y, or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful
giver. 1 Cor. i\. <>. ?.
Charge those who are rich in this world, that
they be ready to distribute, willing to commu-
nicate; laying up in store for themselves a good
foundation against the time to come, that they
may lay hold on eternal life. 1 Tim. vi. 17-19.
76 ADMINISTRATION OF
Whoso hath this world's good and seeth
his brother have need, and shutteth up his bow-
els of compassion from him, how dwelleth the
love oi God in him? 1 John iii. 17.
Blessed is he that considereth the poor; the
Lord will deliver him in the time of trouble.
Psalm xli. 1.
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do
good unto all men, and especially unto them
who are of the household of faith. Gal. vi. 10.
In the commencement of the communion service,
all the ministers and preachers present, shall be
invited to assemble within the communion rail;
after which, the officiating minister shall repair
to the table, uncover the elements, and address the
communicants in the following words:
Dearly beloved, while we were yet sinners
Christ died for us, and became the propitiation
for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the
sins of the whole world. In the same night he
was betrayed he did institute this ordinance,
and commanded his followers to continue the
same in commemoration of his death, until he
come again. You, therefore, who are striving
to walk in all his commandments blameless,
will now accompany us in a petition to the
throne of grace, that we may worthily commem-
orate the death and passion of our Lord and Sa-
viour Jesus Christ,
mi. LORD'l m iter. 77
I stt us pray,
AJmighty God, <>iir heavenly Father, who of
thy tender mercy didst give thine only Son Je-
( hrisl to suffer death upon the cross for our
redemption; who there, by the oblation of him-
self, once offered, did make an atonement for
the -in- ofthe whole world: and did institute this
ordinance, and in his holy gospel command us to
continue a perpetual memory of his precious
death, until his coming again; we pray thee to
grant us grace, that while we partake of these
Symbols of the broken body and shed blood of our
Lord Jesus Christ, in remembrance of his death
and passion, we may, by faith in him, receive
the remission of our sins and the salvation of our
We are not worthy, O Lord, to gather up the
crumbs from under thy table, for we have sinned
and come short of thy glory; we have erred and
strayed from thy ways like lost sheep; we have
left undone those tilings which we ought to have
done; and we have done those things which we
ought not to have done. Have mercy on us,
God, our heavenly Father, forgive our sins, and
restore unto us the joy of thy salvation, through
3 Christ who hath redeemed us by his own
most precious blood.
Almighty, and most merciful God, we do not
presume to approach this thy table, trusting in
our own righteousness, but in the blood and
righteousm ill Lord Jesus Christ. Who
78 ADMINISTRATION OF
in the same night he was betrayed, took bread,
and when he had given thanks, he break it, and
gave to his disciples, saying, take, eat; this is
my body which was broken for you, this do in
remembrance of me. After the same manner he
took the cup, and when he had supped, said;
this cup is the new testament in my blood, drink
ye all of it. This do ye, as oft as you drink it.
in remembrance of me.
Grant unto us, our heavenly Father, the ef-
fectual assistance of thy holy Spirit, that while we
partake of these thy creatures of bread and wine,
according to thy Son cur Saviour's holy institu-
tion, in grateful remembrance of his death and
passion, that our hearts may be penetrated with
unfeigned love and gratitude for the unspeak-
able gift of thy Son, in the redemption and
salvation of our souls. May we be melted into
tenderness on account of the great love where-
with Christ hath loved us, and given himself for
us. May we ever remember his agony and
bloody sweat in the garden of Gethsemane; his
cruel mockings and scourgings in Pilate's hall;
and his ignominious death on the cross. Surely
he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sor-
rows; but he was wounded for our transgres-
sions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the
chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by
his stripes we are healed. May we have re-
demption through his blood which was shed for
the remission of our sins; and, being justified
by faith in him, may be filled with love, have
grace to keep all thy commandments, and shew
THE LORD s BtTPPlB. ? C J
forth the Lord's death till he comdL And final-
ly, bo brought, with all the [srael ofGodj to in-
herit eternal life, through the rnerits and media-
tion of out Lord and Sai iour briat.
The ministers and preachers present shall then
receiti tin communion of both kinds, after which,
the following invitation shall be given.
Ye that do truly and earnestly repent of your
?ins, and arc in love and charity u ith your neigh-
bors, and intend to lead a new life, following the
commandments of God, and walking from hence-
forth in his holy ways, draw near in faith, and
partake of this ordinance to your comfort, meek-
ly kneeling on your knees.
The ministers shall then distribute the bread to
the communicants, saying:
Take, cat this in remembrance that Christ/s
body was broken for you; for while we were yet
sinners Christ died for us, and became the pro-
pitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but
for the sins of the whole world.
While the ministers are passing the bread
around, they may repeat one or more of the follow-
God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on bin
might not perish, but have everlasting life.
80 ADMINISTRATION OF
God sent not his Son into the world to con-
demn the world, but that the world through him
might be saved.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but
that he loved us, and sent his Son to be a pro-
pitiation for our sins. If God so loved us, we
ought to love one another.
Christ loved the church, and gave himself for
it. If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord,
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he
that doeth the will of my Father which is in
Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the king-
dom of God.
The ministers shall likewise take of the wine,
and give to each communicant, saying:
Drink ye all of this, in grateful remembrance,
that the blood of Christ was shed for you; for
ye were not redeemed with corruptible things,
but with the precious blood of Christ; in whom
we have redemption, through faith, even the for-
giveness of our sins, and the sanctification of
While passing the wine around, the ministers
may repeat one or more of the following passages:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
THE I.nKDS SVPPEft* 91
to forgive our mm-, ami to cleanse m from all
If ire walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another, and the
blood of Jesua Christ In- Son, cleans* ;!; us from
Unto liim that loved us, and wa>hed us from
our sins m his own blood, and hath made us
kings and priests unto 0od and Ins Father, be
glory and dominion forever. Amen.
Wlien all have partakni, what remains of the
elements, shall he placid upon the table and cover-
cd with a fair linen cloth; and the service shall
be conclude trith < xtempore prayer, and the apos-
The Lord's Supper should be administered,
at least once a month in stations; and once a
quarter in circuits.
On these solemn occasions, let there be no
hurry; no confusion. Let meditation, prayer,
and gratitude to God for the unspeakable gilt of
his Son, occupy every soul.
While administering the Supper, one of the
ministers should occasionally give out an appro-
priate verse or two of a hymn, to be sang by
the congregation. This might be so timed as to
serve for a signal to those wiio have communed,
to rise and retire to their places in the church,
and give opportunity for the remaining commu-
nicants to repair to the table.
82 BAPTISM OF INFANTS.
Let those who have scruples concerning the
receiving the Lord's Supper kneeling, be per-
mitted to receive it, either sitting or standing.
BAPTISM OF INFANTS.
W/ien the child to be baptized is brought before
the minister, he shall say to the parents;
Beloved friends, you are now about to dedi-
cate your child to the service of the living and
true God, who hath said; behold, all souls are
mine, as the soul of the father, so also the soul
of the son is mine; and the promise of accep-
tance and salvation is to you and your children,
and to all that are afar off. By this act you ac-
knowledge the high claim of Almighty God to
the life and services of your offspring; and your
own obligations to the most High, to your infant,
and to the church of Christ, to guide its feet into
the paths of righteousness, and to raise it up into
the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Yoa will need all the wisdom and grace you
can acquire, to enable you to discharge this your
imperious duty; we, therefore, exhort you to pray
to God constantly, so to enlighten your minds
and influence your hearts, that you may, both by
precept and example, be enabled to lead your
children in the true and right way; and induce
them to glorify God, in their souls and bodies,
which is their reasonable service.
Let us pray.
Almighty and most merciful God, Father of
our spirits, former of our bodies, Redeemer and
MJPTIMI OF iman 83
Saviour of our8( uls, we thank thee that thou hast
made n our pri ai chUdn
th] Ben ice, that they may be livel) member* of the
church of Christ, and I rnal life.
\\ < beseech thee, o our hi avenly Father, to
bestow upon the parents of this child, grace n 1
by they i iptably, with r<
and godly tear, in holiness and righteous-
ness all the days of their lives, that by precept
and example, they may be enabled to train their
clnld in all godly discipline and admonition, thai
it may be a worthy member of the church of
Christ. — Grant, O Lord, that this child may die
unto sin, and live unto righteousness, and
being steadfast in faith, joyful through hope, and
rooted in love, may safely pass the waves of this
transitory life, and finally come to the heaven of
eternal n re to dwell with thee, world
without end, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
AJmight] i< grant that whosoever is dedi-
cated to thee, by our oilier and ministry, maybe
indued with heavenly virtue-, and ever remain
in the number of thy faithful children; and be
made partaker- of eternal lite through thy mer-
vern all things, world without end. Amen.
Tin p 'iid up , and the minister
They bn children to Christ, that
he should touch them, and his disciples rebuked
those who brought them; but when w it,
he was much dis and said, sutler the little
8-1 BAPTISM OF INFANTS.
children to come unto me, and forbid them not,
for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily, I
say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the
kingdom of God as a little child, shall not enter
And he took them up in his arms, put his
hands upon them and blessed them.
The minister shall then take the child in his
arms, and say to the friends of the child.
Name this child.
Repeating the name as given by the parents, he
shall say, after baptizing.
N. I baptize thee, in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. The
Lord bless this child, and grant him eternal life.
The minister shall then conclude with the
Infant baptism should be administered months
ly in all our churches, and oftener when neces-
In infant baptism, let it be an invariable rule,
to require the attendance of the parents of the
Let every adult person, and the parents of
every child to be baptized, have the choice of
immersion, sprinkling, or pouring.
Parents whose children have been baptized,
should attend after service, and inform the min-
ister of the age, &,c. of the child, or children
baptized, that he may enter their names, &c. on
the church register.
mini* n: \i ION Of I I PI
TO SUCH kfl Alii: OF R1PEH I B I
Whin tin | / pn v nt them*
tin mimUU r shall toy*
Dearly beloved, forasmuch as all men arc
born in sin, and that our Saviour Christ saith,
none Call niter the kingdom of God, except lie*
be regenerate and hern anew, of water and of
the Holy Ghost. I beseech von to call upon
God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ,
that of his bounteous goodn< ss, he will in-ant to
these person-, now to be baptized, that which by
nature they cannot have, and that they may be
made lively members of the church of Christ, and
heirs of eternal life.
If t us pray,
Almighty, everlasting God, whose most dear-
ly beloved Son, h bus Christ, for the forgiveness
of our sins, did shed out of his most precious
side, botli water and blood: and gave command-
ment to his disciples, that they should go teach
all nations, arid baptize them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
ird, we beseech thee, the supplications of
this i lion; and grant thai the persons
now to be baptized may receive the fulness of
thy £racc, and ever remain in the number of thy
elect children, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
merciful God, grant, through the sanctifica-
tion of thy spirit, and their belief of the troth,
as it is in Christ Jesus, that the carnal mind in
86 BAPTISM OF SUCH AS
them may be destroyed, and that they may be
created anew in Christ Jesus, unto good works,
and have their fruit unto holiness, and obtain
Grant that they, being dedicated to thee, by
our office and ministry, may receive grace where-
by they may serve thee acceptably with reverence
and godly fear, in holiness and righteousness all
the days of their lives; and being indued with
heavenly virtues, and strengthened by thy grace,
may have victory, and be eventually rewarded,,
through thy mercy, blessed Lord God, who
dost live and govern ail things, world without
The minister shall then demand of each of the
persons to be baptized, severally.
1. Do you believe in the existence of God,
and that he is a rewarder of all those who dili-
gently seek him? I do.
2. Do you believe that the Lord Jesus Christ
is the Redeemer and Saviour of the world? I do.
3. The sacred scriptures inform us, that we
have all sinned, and come short of the glory of
God; but that if we confess our sins, he is faith-
ful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us
from all unrighteousness; are you now deter-
mined, by the aid of divine grace, to forsake every
evil way, to look to Christ as your only and all
sufficient Saviour, and to walk in all the com-
mandments of God? I am.
4. It is made our duty to search the sacred
scriptures, and to attend on all the ordinances of
aim: <>i Kirn: \ i B9
thehOnseof God, will jrou endeavour to be faith-
ful in the discharge of these dut •
1 will, by the assistance of God'a J Inly spirit
The minuter shall then take tack persm M k
baptized by tin right hand; shall ask the m
and thtn repeating the name, sprinkle or pour wa-
tt r upon him: Sa\ ill
X. I baptize thee in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
The minister may then conclude with extempore
prayer — repeal the Lord's prayer, and the apos-
At the time afffointi d for soh mnieation of mat'
riinouy . th< persons tabemarriedj standing togeth-
er , the man ON the right hand, ami the woman on
the l<jt. ttu thaU say:
We are assembled in ttite presencg of God
and before these witnesses, to solemnize the
marriage of these two persons present
If any one cm sh< W JU8( «-;mi^\ why they
may not lawfully be joined tog* ther let him now
Bpeak, orelse hereafter hold his peace.
T\e minister shall then address himself to the
Wns about to be married, and say:
If either of you know any lawful cause, or
just impediment, why you may not legally be
joined together in matrimony, I charge you to
confess it; for no ceremony can make valid an
If no impediment be alleged, the minister, ad-
dressing himself to the parties^ shall say:
Under the influence of mutual affection, you
are now about to pledge your vows. It will be
your mutual concern, to perpetuate your love,
by constant fidelity, and by a practical regard of
those principles and rules of conduct, which
the word of God, and good experience, have
Husband and wife, should be studiously at-
tentive to know each other's dispositions, and
anticipate each other's wishes Mutual tender-
ness and forbearance is indispensable to matri-
monial happiness; nothing endears like this;
nothing so effectually rivets affection.
The husband should consult his wife, make
her acquainted with the true state of his affairs,
and allow her a full share of influence; your in-
terests will be one, and your confidence should
The wife should love her husband, shew him
all possible attention, and make her house the
place of his delight.
Husband and wife should conduct towards
each other with the utmost affability, kindness
and affection; and constantly seek the protec-
tion and assisting grace of God, to enable them
faithfully and mutually to discharge the numer-
ous and important duties required of those whe
become the heads of families*
The minister shall then say:
Please join your right hands.
linn shall the minister jay unto the man:
Wilt thou have this woman to thy wedded
Wife, to love, comfort, honour, and keep her in
sickness and in health: and forsaking all other-.
keep thee only unto her, so long as you both
Tin man shall answer:
Then shall the minister say unto the woman.
Wilt thou have this man to thy wedded hus-
band, to obey, love, honour and keep him in
sickness and health; and forsaking all others,
keep thee only unto him, so long as you both
The woman shall answer:
The minister shall then say:
Lit us pray.
We humbly supplicate thy blessing, heavenly
Father, on these persons who have mutually
entered into marriage covenant. Will it please
thee to grant them power to keep their vows in
fidelity; to live together in peace and love, and
reverently obey thy laws. Under thy protection
and in the enjoyment of thy favor, may they
long live in health and comfort, gratefully receiv-
ing all thy blessings, which thy parental care
and goodness may confer upon them in this life;
and in the end, vouchsafe to them, and to us all,
a participation in life everlasting, Amen.
TJien shall the minister say,
Those whom God hath joined together, let no
man put asunder.
For £s much as A. B. and C. D. have con-
sented together in holy wedlock, and have wit-
nessed ihe same, before God and this company,
and thereto have pledged their faith, the one to
the other, and have declared the same by joining
hands, I pronounce them husband and wife, in
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost. Amen.
VISITATION OF THE SICK.
If the minister find the sick person to be
grossly ignorant, he shall instruct him in the na-
ture of repentance and faith, and the way of ac-
\ I^ITA 1'IoN OF THI SICK. 91
teptcnce with God, through the mediation and
atonement of Jesus ( Jhrist.
[f the i "ii appeal to l>< 4 i stupid,
thoughtless and hardened sinner; the minister
shall endeavour to awaken his mind; to arouse
his conscience; to convince him oi the evil and
danger of sin, of the curse of the law, and the
wrath of God due to sinners; to bring bim to
an bumble and penitential sense of Ins iniqui-
and then to state before him the fulness of
the grace and mercy of God, in and through the
merits of the Redeemer; the absolute necessity
of faith, and repentance, in order to his being
interested in the favor of God, and his obtain-
in!: everlasting happiness*
If the sick person appear to be broken in
spirit with a sense of sin, and apprehensions of
the divine displeasure, then it will be proper to
administer consolation and encouragement! by
setting before him tlie freeness and richness of
the grace of God, and the precious promises of
the gospel made to all penitents.
The minister must, in all cases, guard the sick
against all ill grounded persuasions of the mercy
of God, without a \ital union to Christ; and
against unreasonable fears of death, and dis-
pomlin^ discouragements; against presumption
upon his own and merit, on the one
hand, and against despair of the mercy and
grace of God in Christ Jesus on the other.
In a word, it Is the duty of all ministers and
pious persons, when visiting the sick, to pray
With and tor them; and to administer instruction,
92 BURIAL OF THE DEAD.
conviction, support, consolation, or encourage-
ment, as the case may seem to require. And to
improve the occasion to exhort those about them
to consider their mortality; to turn to the Lord,
and make their peace with him; and in health
prepare for sickness, death and judgment.
BURIAL OF THE DEAD.
When the corpse is brought to the grave, the min-
ister shall repeat one or more of the following
I am the resurrection and the life, saith the
Lord; he that believeth in me though he were
dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and
believeth in me, shall never die.
I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he
shall stand at the latter day upon the earth; and
though after death, worms destroy this body, yet
in my flesh shall I see God.
I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me,
Write; From henceforth, blessed are the dead
who die in the Lord; even so saith the Spirit, for
they rest from their labors, and their works do
Blessed be the God, and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, who, according to his abun-
dant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a live-
ly hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from
the dead, to an inheritance, incorruptible, unde-
r,uni.\L OF THE DEAD. 03
filed, and that fadeth not away, resetted in hea-
v. n for those w ho arc kept by the power of God,
through faith unto saWatioD, read) to be reveal-
ed at the last tune.
Behold, I show you a mystery, We shall not
all sleep, but we shall all he changed, in a mo-
ment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
trump; lor the trumpet shall Bound, and tin?
dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall
hanged; lor this corruptible must put on
incorruptjon, and this mortal must put on im-
mortality. So when this corruptible shall have
put on incorruptioo, and this mortal shall have
put on immortalitj, then shall be brought to pass
die Baying that is written; Death is swallowed
up in victory. death, where is thy sting? O
grave, where is th ▼ victory? The sting of deatli
is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But
thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory,
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Here the minister, if he judge proper, may ex-
hort those present to reflect Ofk the shortness and un-
certainty of human life; and to prepare for death,
judgment, and eternity.
Let us }>ray.
Almighty and most merciful God. in whose
hands are the iss lea of life and death; and be-
fore whose- bar v. <* shall all stand, and give an
account of the drrds done in the body; we be-
seech thee to grant unto us, at all times, a salu-
94 BURIAL OF THE DEAD.
iary conviction of the frailty of life, and our
great responsibility to thee, the judge of quick
In the midst of life we are in death; we come
up and are cut down like a flower; we flee as a
shadow, and never continue in one stay. Death,
judgment and eternity are just before us, and
of whom may we seek protection and grace,
but of thee, most merciful God, who hath re-
deemed us with the most precious blood of
Christ, that we might be delivered from the pow-
er of sin and the fear of death, and be made
heirs of eternal life.
We humbly confess, righteous Father, that
we have sinned, and come short of thy glory.
We have been undutiful children; slothful ser-
vants; and unfaithful stewards of the manifold
mercies of God. Be merciful, Lord, to our
unrighteousness, pardon our sins, and raise us
from a death of sin to a life of righteousness,
through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath
said; I am the resurrection and the life, he that
believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall
he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in
me shall not die eternally,
We beseech thee, Father of all our mer-
cies, and giver of every good and perfect gift,
to grant us grace whereby we may serve thee
acceptably, with reverence and godly fear, all our
days; looking for the blessed hope, and glorious
appearing of the great God and our Saviour
Jesus Christ, to judge the world in righteousness
he hour i in winch all that arc m
their n of
God, tod Bhall come forth; they that hare done
good, to ili«' resurrection of life, and they that
( , to the i :i of i "ii.icni-
I iiH ted, that any ol na
shouli i" the bitter pains of the second
death; bul grant thai when we depart this tran-
iii iv die in possession of trium-
phant faith, and rest in Christ And, at the
last day, he found
ptable in thy sight, and receive that blessing
which thy well belt « ed Son shall then pronounce
to all that love am. come, ye
• d of my fatfajer, receive the kingdom pre-
pan . fin tiie begin n in i oi the world.
nly Father, ijrant
that tin- di D of thy righteous providence
:ied to th of all present.
May dui warning, and consider the
shortness and uncertainty of human life; the
solemnith i, and the awful realities of
eternity; and prepare u> meet thee m the judg-
May the relatives of tl • 1 n ■ >t sorrow
as those who have no hope, hut have urace to
submit t«» th) will, and he fully pre-
pared to say the Lord gave and the L<>nl hath
taken away., blessed be the name of the Lord.
The grace of our Lord Jeans Christ, the love
96 BURIAL OF THE DEAD.
of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit re-
main with us, now and for ever. Amen.
When the corpse is deposited in the grave, and
the sexton is returning the earth, the minister may
repeat one or more of the following passages.
Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt re-
It is appointed unto all men once to die, and
after that the judgment.
Blessed and holy are they who have part in
the first resurrection, on such the second death
hath no power: but they shall be priests of God,
and of Christ, and shall reign with him forever.
God will wipe all tears from tneireyes, and there
shall be no more death; neither sorrow nor
weeping; neither shall there be any more pain;
for the former things have passed away.
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither
hath it entered into the heart of man, the things
which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Blessed are they that keep his commandments,
that they may have a right to the tree of life,
and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death,
of his saints.
rORM AND MANNER Of
On the day appointed for tin; ordination, an
appropriate sermon or exhortation shall be de-
livered. After which, one of the elders shall
read aloud the names of those to be ordained
deacons, who shall respectively answer and pre-
sent themselves before the ministers appointed
to perform the ordination.
One of the elders shall then read (he following
"Likewise must the deacons be grave, not
double-tongued, not given to much wine, not
greedy of filthy lucre; holding the mystery of
the faith in a pure conscience. And let these
also first be proved; then let them use the office
of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so
must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober,
faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the
husbands of one wife, ruling their children and
their own houses well. For they that have used
the office of a deacon well, purchase to them-
selves a good degree, and great boldness in the
faith which is in Christ Jesus. 1 Tim. iii. 8 — 13.
Let another of the elders say to the persons
about to be ordained:
Beloved brethren, for as much as the holy
icriptures command, that we should not be hasty
98 ORDINATION OF DEACONS.
in laying on hands, and admitting persons to min-
ister in the church of Christ, therefore, before
we admit y-ou to the office of deacon in the
church of God, we will examine you in the pre-
sence of this congregation, and receive your
answers to the following questions:
Are you fully persuaded that the holy scrip-
tures contain sufficiently all doctrine required of
necessity for eternal salvation? And will you
out of the same holy scriptures instruct the peo-
ple, and teach and maintain, nothing as of
necessity required for salvation, but that which
you shall be persuaded may be proved by them?
Will you faithfully exercise yourself in the
study of the holy scriptures, and call upon God
by prayer for the true understanding of the same,
so that you may be able, to teach and exhort
with wholesome doctrine, and to withstand and
Will you deny all ungodliness and worldly
lusts, and live soberly, righteously, and godly in
this world, that you may shew yourself in all
things a worthy example to the flock of Christ?
Will you diligently endeavor to teach and
discipline your family according to the doctrine
of the Gospel, and make them, as much as in
you lieth, examples to others?
Will you strive to maintain, quietness,
peace and love among all christian people, and
especially among them who are committed to
OHDIN \ i ion 09 Di AOONti ffi)
Almighty God, gtter of ever) good and por-
gift, mercifully behold these thj servants,
now lbl :i part for the oilier and work of deacons
in thy church. Grail! bo to replenish them wfth
the truth of thy doctrine, and adorn then with
innOCency of life, that both by word and (rood
example, they may faithfully serve the church
in this otlice, to the glory of thy name, and the
edification of thy people, through the merits of
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
The ciders present shall then lay their hands
K rt rally upon the head of every one that receiveth
the order of deacon, the receivers remaining on
their knees, for the convenience of the ordainers.
The president pronouncing aloud the following
The Lord pour upon thee the Holy Spirit, for
the office and work of a deacon, committed
unto thee by the election of thy brethren, and
by the imposition of our hands.
Be thou faithful. Give heed unto reading,
exhortation and doctrine; be diligent, that thy
advancement in grace and knowledge, may be
manifest unto all men, and that thou mayest
save thyself and those that hear thee.
The president shall then deliver to every one of
them the Bible in his hands, saying:
We acknowledge thy authority to preach this
100 ORDINATION OF DEACONS.
word, and to assist the elder in the administra-
tion of the ordinances in the church of God.
We charge thee before God, and the Lord
Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the
dead, preach the word, be instant in season, out
of season. Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all
long suffering and doctrine.
Then shall the president say:
Let us pray.
Most merciful Father, we beseech thee to
grant unto these thy servants, now set apart to
the office of deacon, thy heavenly blessing; and
so indue them with thy holy spirit, that they,
preaching thy word, may not only be earnest to
reprove, beseech, and exhort, with all patience
and long suffering; but also, may be to such
as believe, wholesome examples, in doctrine,
in conversation, in love, in faith, in charity, in
purity; that faithfully fulfilling their course, at
the last day, each may receive a crown of right-
eousness, laid up by the Lord, the righteous
Judge, who liveth and reigneth one God with
the Father and the Holy Ghost, world without
Assist us, Lord, in all our doings with thy
most gracious favor, and further us with thy con-
tinued help, that in all our works, begun, con-
tinued and ended in thee, we may glorify thy
holy name; and finally, by thy mercy obtain ev-
ORDINATION Of ELDERS. 10 I
evlasting life, 1 1 1 r « » 1 1 i_r 1 1 JeSQfl ( ' 1 1 r i s t our Lord.
The peace of God, which passeth all under-
standing, ke< p your hearts and minds in the
knowledge and love of God, and of his Son
Jesus Christ oui Lord; and the blessing of God
A t in iirht \ , tlif Father, tin; Son and the Holy
Ghost, be with yon always. Amen.
FORM AND MANNER
OF ORDAINING ELDERS.
On the day of ordination a sermon or exhorta-
tion shall be delivered: alter which one of the
elders shall read aloud the names of the persons
to be ordained, who shall answer respectively,
and present themselves before the ministers ap-
pointed to perform the ordination.
One of the ciders shall then read the following
passages of Holy writ.
"And Jesus came, and spake unto them, say-
ing, All power is given unto me in heaven and
IA earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching
them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you: and lo, I am with vou alwav,
103 ORDINATION OF ELDERS.
even unto the end of the world. Amen." — Matt.
"But unto every one of us is given grace ac-
cording to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on
high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts un-
to men. Now that he ascended, what is it but
that he also descended first into the lower parts
of the earth? He that descended is the same
also that ascended up far above all heavens, that
he might fill all things. And he gave some apos-
tles; and some prophets; and some evangelists;
and some pastors and teachers. For the per-
fecting of the saints / for the work of the minis-
try, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Till
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the
knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect
man, unto the measure of the stature of the ful-
ness of Christ. — Eph. iv. 7 — 13.
"This is a true saying, if a man desire the of-
fice of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A
bishop then must be blameless, the husband of
one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour,
given to hospitality, apt to teach. Not given to
wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but
patient; not a brawler, not covetous. One that
ruleth well his own house, having his children in
subjection with all gravity. (For if a man know
not how to rule his own house, how shall he
take care of the church of God?) Not a novice,
lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the
condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must
have a good report of them which are without;
ORB!* AT I ON Of ELDERS. 103
|gal he fall into reproach and the snare of the
devil."— 1 Tim. 1—7.
Another of the elders shall say to the persons
about to he ordained*
Beloved brethren, forasmuch as the holy scrip-
tures command, that we should not be hasty in
laying on hand-, and admitting persons to min-
ister in the church of Christ, therefore, beforo
ire admit you to the office of elder in the church
of God, ire will examine yon in the presence of
this congregation, and receive your answers to
the following questions.
Are you rally persuaded, that the holy scrip-
tures contain sufficiently all doctrine required of
necessity for eternal salvation? and will you out
of the sann 1 holy scriptures instruct the peo-
< pie, and teach and maintain nothing, as of ne-
iv required lor salvation, but that which you
shall be persuaded may be proved by them?
Will you faithfully exercise yourself in the
study of the holy scriptures, and call upon God,
by prayer, for the true understanding of the same,
so that you may be able to teach and exhort
with wholesome doctrine, and to withstand
and convince gains-;
Will you deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts,
and live soberly, righteously, and godly in this
present world, that you may .-hew yourself in all
things a worthy example to the flock or Christ?
Will you diligently endeavour to teach and
discipline your family according to the doctrine
104 ORDINATION OF ELDERS.
of the gospel, and make them, as much as in you
lieth, examples to others?
Will you strive to maintain, quietness,
peace and love among all christian people, and
especially among them who are committed to
Let us pray.
All shall now kneel before God, and the elder shall say.
Almighty God, giver of every good and perfect
gift, mercifully behold these thy servants now-
set apart for the office and work of elders in thy
church. Grant so to replenish them with the
truth of thy doctrine, and adorn them with in-
nocency of life, that both by word and good ex-
ample, they may faithfully serve the church in
this office, to the glory of thy name, and the edi-
fication of thy people, through the merits of our
Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
The elders present shall then lay their hands
severally upon the head of every one that receiveth
the order of elder, the receivers remaining on their
knees, for the convenience of the ordainers.
The President pronouncing" aloud the following* words.
The Lord pour upon thee the Holy Spirit for
the office and work of an elder, committed unto
thee by the election of thy brethren, and the im-
position of our hands, and be thou faithful.
ORDINVTION OV ELDLRS. 10G
TVie president shall then deliver to each one of
them the Bible in kit hands, saying,
We acknowledge thy authority to preach this
word, and to administer tha ordinances in the
church of Christ.
Feed the flock df God, taking the oversight
thereof; not as a Lord over God's heritage, but
being an example to the flock. And when tho
chief ihepherd shall appear thou shalt receive a
crown of glory, that fadeth not away.
Then shall the president say:
Let us pray:
Most merciful Father, we beseech thee to
grant unto these thy servants, now set apart to
the office of elder, thy heavenly blessing; and
so indue them with thy Holy Spirit, that they,
preaching thy word, may not only be earnest to
reprove, beseech, and exhort with all patience
and long suffering; but also may be to such as
believe, wholesome examples in doctrine, iu
conversation, in love, in faith, in charity, in pu-
rity; that faithfully fulfilling their course, at the
last day each one may receive a crown of
righteousness laid up by the Lord, the righteous
Judge, who liveth and rigneth one God with the
Father and the Holy Gho^t, world without end.
Assist us, Lord, in all our doings, with thy
I" most precious favour, and further us with thy
106 ORDINATION OF ELDERS.
continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify
thy holy name, and finally, by thy mercy, ob-
tain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our
The peace of God, which passeth understand-
ing, keep your hearts and minds in the love of
God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord;
and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be with you, al-
BOUNDARIES oV THE RESPECTIVE
1 Tin Vermont District,
Shali commence at the south east corner of
the stat(> iA Vermont; thence west to Lansuag-
burgonthe Northriver, thence up the same and
along the ('anal by Whitehall and Lake Cham-
plain, to the Canada line; thence east to the near
corner of New Hampshire, and from thence to
2 The Boston District,
8 tall include New Hampshire, Massachusetts,
Rhode Island and Connecticut.
8 Niw York and L<»wer Canada District.
Lowqt C in ad a, including all the islands in
Lake Champlain to Whitehall, and along the
Canal to Troy: thence west to Lake Ontario;
thence north with the Lake, and the river St,
Lawrence, to the Canada line.
4 The Gennessee District,
Shall be bounded on the east and south, by the
Xew York and Pennsylvania Districts; on the
west and north by Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie.
C> Tin; New York District,
Shall commence at New Brunswick; thence by
a straight line to the Delaware river, opposite Eas-
ton, thence north to the interrection of the line*
108 BOUNDARIES OF THE
of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York;
thence along the state line of New York to the
boundary of the Gennessee Conference; thence
on the east line crossing Connecticut river, so
as to embrace the city of New York, and to
Norwalk, and persuing south with the East
river, to the place of beginning.
6 The Pennsylvania District,
Shall include all that state east of the Sus-
quehanna river, the states of Delaware and New
Jersey, not embraced in the New York District,
and all the Eastern Shore of Maryland, above
the Sassafras river.
7 The Maryland District,
Includes all the state of Maryland except Ce-
cil county. The District of Columbia, Acco-
mack, Northampton, Fairfax, Prince William,
Loudoun, Fauquier, Jefferson, Berkeley, Frede-
rick, Hampshire and Hardy counties in Virginia;
and bounded on the west by the Alleghany
Mountains, to the western branch of the Susque-
hannah river in Pennsylvania; thence down the
river to Havre-de grace.
8 The East Virginia DrsTRicr,
Includes all the state of Virginia, East of the
Alleghany Mountains, except the counties at-
tached to the Maryland District.
9 The North Carolina District,
Shall include all the state of North Carolina.
Ill iPKC 1 I\ | MM HIC1S. 109
10 Tin; Tinm BSE] District
Is bounded by the Alabama, Ohio, and North
I 1 Tin: ftlORGIA Dli PEK i\
Shall embrace the state of Georgia, and East
IS Tin; ALABAMA District,
Shall embrace all the states of Alabama, Mis-
sissippi and the territory of West Florida.
13 The Ohio District,
Shall embrace all the state of Ohio, and those
parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania, west of the
Allegany Mountains, the bordering partsof Ken-
tucky, Indiana, and Illinois.
The presidents of adjoining Conferences may
make alterations in their boundaries respecting
particular places and appointments, with the
consent of the societies immediately concern-
ed; all which shall be laid before their approach-
ing Annual Conferences for adoption or re-
Allowance to Ministers and Preachers, in the
employ of the Annual Conferences*
1. The allowance of a single minister or
preacher, shall be one hundred dollars per an-
num, and his travelling expenses.
2. The allowance of a married minister or
preacher, shall be two hundred dollars per an-
num, and his travelling expenses.
3. Each child of a minister, or preacher, shall
be allowed twenty dollars per annum, while the
parent continues in the itinerancy; but when it
shall have arrived to fourteen years of age, the
annuity shall cease. Those ministers or preach-
ers whose wives are deceased, shall be allow-
ed for each child annually, a sum sufficient to
pay its board during the above term of years,
unless otherwise provided for by the circuit or
4. Widows of itinerant ministers or preachers,
whose circumstances require it, shall be allowed
one hundred dollars per annum. The orphans
of ministers and preachers, who die in the itine-
rancy, shall be allowed twenty dollar per annum,
until they shall have arrived at fourteen years of
5. Superannuated ministers, # shall be allowed
* A superannuated Minister is one who is worn out
in the itinerant service, and incapable of preaching
constantly, but is willing to perform any work in the
ministry to which his strength is adequate. Ministers of
this description are permitted to select their place of
labour and residence, for any definite time.
AI.l.ou \s< i ro MINISTERS. 111
tin* sane compensation as is made to effectiye
ministers; ;m<l their widows and orphans shall be
entitled to the same allowance as is made to
those <>f ministers and preachers who die in the
t>. Ministers or pr^chers, not under the sta-
tionary authority of the annual conference of
their district, who may be employed by an annual
conference or its president, for any definite pe-
riod, shall ho allowed the same rate of compensa-
tion for the time of service, as is allowed to
itinerant ministers or preachers.
It is recommended that each annual confer-
ence, at its first session, institute and organize
a henevolent society, having for its object the
relief and support of superannuated itinerant
ministers, and the widows and orphans of those
ministers and preachers who shall have died in
rvice of the conference.
It is also recommended, that our friends, male
and female, in every circuit and station, raise
Preachers 1 Aid Societies, for the purpose of as-
sisting to make up the deficiencies of quarterage
allowed by discipline, to ministers and preach-
ers, their wives, widows, and children.
GENEHAL REGULATIONS FOR THE
PUBLICATION OF BOOKS, TRACTS, &c.
There shall be a Book Committee, consisting
of five persons, all ministers or members of this
church, whose duty it shall be to select, from
time to time, such books, tracts, &c. for publi-
cation, as a majority of them may deem proper;
but no book shall be published without the con-
sent of the book agent.
The following named persons shall consti-
tute the book committee, Francis Waters, James
R. Williams, Samuel K. Jennings, John Chap-
pell, and John H. Kennard, to serve until the
sitting of the general conference of this church
in May, 1834.
The annual conference of the Maryland dis-
trict, shall have power to fill all vacancies
occuring in the committee. In the interval of .
conference, the committee may fill its own va-
cancies, subject, however, to the approval or re-
jection of the annual conference.
Brother John J. Harrod, of Baltimore, shall
be book agent, and shall publish such books,
tracts, &c. as may be agreed on by the book com-
mittee and himself; all of which shall be sold to
the conferences, preachers and members at whole-
He shall make a discount of ten per cent, from
the wholesale prices, on all moneys paid to him
by the conferences, preachers, and members;
PUBLICATION OF BOOH 1 I -J
winch ten per cetit. shall be paid over to the
hook committee, to be held bj them as a book
fund for the church. The funds thus raised
■hall be invested by the committee if they judge
The hook agent shall make an exhibit to the
|ommittee, every six months, shewing the a-
mount of sales made to the preachers, &c. and
pay over to the committee the per centage in
In the event of th< 4 death or resignation of
the hook audit the committee Bhall appoint
The hook agent may place at the disposal of
the respective annual conference -towards, such
hooks as tin y order, and for the payment of
which their respective conferences become res-
When a conference steward is not re-elected,
he shall make a full statement of all the books
sold and those remaining in his district; and make
a transfer to his successor, of all the books and
accounts left with the preachers in the district,
the amount of which shall go to his credit, and
past to the debit of his successor.
It shall be the duty of all the conference
Stewards, having accounts open with the book
agent, to pay over to him, or his agent, annual-
ly, or oftener, all tin 1 moneys in their hands, or
which may be due from them, rendering at the
same time an account of all the hook- remain-
ing in their district unsold; and it shall be the
114 PUBLICATION OF BOOKS.
duty of the preachers, in stations or circuits
having accounts with the conference steward, to
make settlement and render payment in a sim-
ilar way. When a preacher leaves his station
or circuit, he must settle with the conference
steward for all the books he has disposed of,
and make out an inventory of all that remain
unsold, which shall be collected at one place:
the amount shall go to his credit, and be trans-
ferred to his successor who shall take charge
of the same, provided the conference steward
consent to the transfer.
Every annual conference shall appoint a com-
mittee, to examine the accounts of the confer-
ence steward and preachers, in their respective
stations and circuits. If any preacher or mem-
ber be indebted for books or for the Mutual
Rights and Methodist Protestant, and refuse to
make payment, or come to a just settlement, let
him be dealt with as for a breach of trust, and
such measures be adopted for the recovery of
such debts as shall be agreeable to the directions
of the annual conferences respectively.
Resolved, That the hymn book, published by
brother John J. Harrod, and adopted by this
convention, be used in all our churches.
Resolved, That the several annual conferences
be, and they are hereby most earnestly request-
ed to adopt such measures, as in their wisdom
they may deem most proper, for the purpose of
creating additional funds, to aid in the establish-
PUBLICATION of periodical. 118
mom of i book concern I'V the ensuing general
GENSRAL REGULATIONS FOR THE
PUBLICATION OF A WEEKLY PAPER,
Entitled the Mutual Rights and Methodist Protestant.
There shall be B weekly periodical published
in Baltimore, entitled the Mutual Rights and
Methodist Protestant. The net! proceeds of the
paper shall be paid over annually, to the book
committee, to be invested for the purpose of
raising a fund for a book concern.
On the representation of any three members
of the book committee, the annual conference
of the Maryland district shall have power, if they
judge it necessary, to remove the editor. In the
evmt ot the death, removal, or resignation of
the editor, the book committee shall appoint
another; and the subscription list, and all books,
manuscripts, accounts, &x. belonging to the
paper, together with all surplus moneys, remain-
ing in the hands of the editor, or his executor,
shall be delivered up to the committee.
The editor shall make an exhibit to the book
committee every three mouths, shewing the state
of the subscription list, together with his receipts
and disbursements during the ouarter.
116 COURSE OF READING.
Resolved, That this convention respectfully
Tequest the zealous co-operation of the minis-
ters, preachers, members and friends of this
Church in extending the circulation of the Mu-
tual Rights and Methodist Protestant.
The following course of reading is prescrib-
ed for candidates for the ministry in this
*The Scriptures of the Old and New Testa-
Dr. Adam Clarke's Commentary.
Home's Introduction to the study of the
*Paley's Horae Paulinae.
# Prideaux' Connexions
* Wesley's Sermons and Notes.
Clarke's Evidences of Natural and Revealed
Clarke's Grotius. 8vo.
*Paley's Natural Theology.
*Paley's Evidences of Christianity.
Magee on the Atonement.
* Watts on the Mind.
cot'Rsf, op kkadino. 117
* Jones on the Trinity.
*CampbelPs Lectures on Ecclesiastical His-
'Mosheim's Ecclesiastical History.
*Rollins Ancient History.
Wells' Geography of the Old and New Tes-
Hannah Moore's Works.
•Milton's Paradise Lost.
Pollock's Course of Time.
*Adam Clarke's Manual.
Constitution and Discipline of the Methodist
Candidates for the ministry, will be expected
to read, or consult, carefully, the above books,
as far as may be practicable, and at any rate to
be prepared on those marked thus ( # ) previous to
It is also recommended, that Butterworth's
Concordance be used in the study of the Scrip-
tures, and that students and preachers make
themselves familiar with Insrersoll's or Kirk-
ham's English Grammar, and Walker's Key to
the pronunciation of the proper names which
occur in the Scriptures. These books should
always be kept ready at hand.
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MINISTERS AND MEMBERS
METHODIST PROTESTANT CHURCH.
Beloved brethren, it is matter of unspeakable
joy and gratitude, that, under the control and
blessing of Almighty God, the deliberations of
our convention have been brought to so favour-
able an issue. We are now sacredly confeder-
ated in virtue of an instrument, which has been
the result of much intense and candid reflection
and dijcussion; and which is based, we humbly
trust, on the clearest principles of the natural
and religious rights of man. Our moral regula-
tions have also been carefully and studiously
framed in view of the precepts and authority of
the sacred canon, and will be found, we hope,
to be sustained by that high sanction.
All ecclesiastical regulations and discipline
should definitively have for their object the im-
provement of man in virtue and happiness.
Such, we are informed is positively the design
of the inspired writings, "that the toan of Gkfd
mav fee perfect, thoroughly for Dished unto all
good works.'' It is clear frottl the doctrine of
the holy scriptures, thai divine truth is not only
intended for the purposes of illumination and
conviction, but also for spiritual influence and
sanctification: and that the nature and sincerity
of faith must ever be tested by an affectionate
and holy obedience. If ye love me, says our
Saviour, keep my commandments. This princi-
ple, which is never questioned in regard to the
positive precepts of revelation, certainly operates
with proportionate authority and reason in all
those rules of moral and religious conduct, which,
although not literally and explicitly prescribed
in the gospel, are notwithstanding to be inferred
from it by a fair and obvious construction. We
now allude to those plain and reasonable duties
of religion which we have thought proper to de-
nominate means of grace, which we have con-
nected as such in our church ritual with others
of divine and positive institution, and the ob-
servance of all which would no doubt greatly
contribute to our growth and improvement in
christian knowledge and excellence.
The character of a good man consists essen-
tially of good and upright principles, and that
character can be known and appreciated only by
the virtues which unfold and display it. For us
then to be esteemed true believers, we must have
and cultivate the genuine faith of the gospel, and
to merit justly the distinguishing name of the
disciples of Christ, it doubtless becomes us to
exemplify the spirit and temper of his holy reli-
gion. As christians it plainly behooves us to be
sound in the pure doctrines of Christianity,
steadfast in the faith which was once delivered
to the saints, careful and instructive in example
and deportment, diligent in improving all the
means of spiritual attainment, watchful and so-
licitous for the welfare of our brethren, and zeal-
ous to promote and extend in every possible man-
ner the cause and glory of the Redeemer. All
these high objects and incitements seem measura-
bly at least presented and secured to us by the
labours of the convention.
Let us now, for a moment, bestow a serious
thought upon the daily and uniform example,
which, as the followers of Christ, and the mem-
bers of our highly favoured fellowship, it is pro-
videntially made our duty and glory to display,
whilst we more particularly consider the great
practical utility of those means of grace which
have been so wisely and happily adopted for the
promotion of oui spiritual improvement and comn
I. The study of the holy scriptures. Ilorc
but a few words are sufficient. No man, unleea
he kn<>\\s and understands his duty, can dis-
charge it as a virtue, and with acceptance to
God. This position is clear and incontroverti-
ble. Our Saviour has Biated it in a plain and
emphatic declaration; if ye know these things,
happy are ye, if yo db them. So far then as duty
is concerned] fre acknowledge od all hands, that
♦he Bible is the ureal, and sutlicient source of
light and instruction to us on every point of faith
and practice. Hut this -acred Book we Bhould
read and study, not only to make us wise in the
M-iencc of salvation, to fiirnish us with the rea-
sons and evidences of our faith, and with argu-
ments to refute and repel the cavils of gainsay-
ers, but also to sustain and console us, with its
rich and abundant promises, on every occasion
of mental depression and conflict. Says the
Psalmist, thy word i- a lamp unto my feet, and
a light unto my path. Unless thy law had been
my delight, I should have perished in min<
lliction. Such is the testimony of an an<
servant of God, a testimony, which has bei D
gracioi^ly repeated and realised a thousand times
in every age of the church. Let us all therefore
make it a point of duty to read the word of God
daily, and implore the divine blessing upon our
meditations, that his word may do us good, as it
doth the upright in heart.
2. The worship of God. 1. Private prayer.
It is recommended from the experience of pious
and good men in all ages, as well as from the
holy scriptures, that the people of God have daily
their hours and seasons for mental retirement
and devotion. This is a duty which, in view of
its absolute necessity to the inward discipline
and comfort of the soul, and its many other ad-
vantages, ought always to be punctually attend-
ed to, and never neglected; and which should in
a manner be estimated as the special medium of
personal intercourse and communion with God*
Not only is the duty assigned and expressly in-
culcated by Christ, but also its peculiar blessings
and fruits he has most distinctly marked out and
portrayed. No one indeed can justly value the
benefits of private prayer, but every one, who has
ever been regularly and habitually engaged in
this duty, knows well, to his pain and condem-
nation, how soon, upon the desertion of his clo-
set, his soul has declined in the spirit and enjoy-
ment of religion. Let every one of our mem-
bers thru be found itatedlj and punctually, three
or four tines in the day, upon his knee- before
God, and it will evidently appear how God re-
wards hi^ people openly, and honours with his
favour and blessing those who honour him.
2. Family worship. This is all important to
the purposes of famil y religion, and good domes-
tic order and government. The effect* produced
thereby upon the minds of children and do-
mestics, and the comfort imparted by the same
means to the heads of families themselves, are
really incalculable. The voice of rej >\c i »ilt and
salvation i^ in the tabernacles of the righteous.
Is this the testimony of eternal truth? Let it
not then be said of us, beloved brethren, that there
is one household throughout our community in
which the parents, and children, and servants,
are not regulatly presented before God, morning
and evening, in offices of prayer and praise. On
this subject, let none plead the want of talent
or experience. It is the offering of the heart
which God appreciates and accepts; and no
doubt, the special blessing of heaven will de-
scend upon that family, wherein a portion of the
scriptures only is re; id as an cere
homage and devotion to the Almighty.
3. The house of God. That kind of influ-
ence which family religion, regularly maintain-
ed, exerts over the domestic circle, the public
worship of God, duly and statedly celebrated,
extends over the community at large. Agreea-
bly to the very spirit and nature of a religious
profession, as well as the express letter of the
New Testament, it must certainly be admitted,
that every member of the church is held respon-
sible to attend the services of the house of God.
Forsake not the assembling of yourselves to-
gether, is a positive and sacred command.
Where even two or three are met together in my
name, there am I in the midst of them, is a pro-
mise equally delightful and encouraging. As we
then regard the authority of Jesus Christ; as we
value means which God himself has instituted
and blessed a thousand times over; as we feel
solicitous for the influence of Christianity upon
public opinion, and public morals; as we are con-
cerned for the conversion of our children and
our friends; as we are deeply interested for the
revival, and spread of the work of grace under
our ministry, and the extending prosperity of our
beloved Zion; as we hold all of these objects
dear to our hearts, let every Methodist Protes-
tant be always ready to enter in at the sanctuary
of Jehovah, ami be seen in his proper place on
the Lord's day.
In tikis connexion, we may make a remark
upon the duty of punctual and devoutattendance
on those more intimate and social fellowships,
known amongst us, bv the name of c!a-s meet-
ings. The importance and advantages of this
means of grace are not now left to await the re-
port of experiment. The edification and com-
fort derivable from them, their peculiar adapta-
tion to unfold and improve the varieties and vi-
cissitudes of religious experience, their precise
accommodation to all the diversified shades of
christian trial, and christian character, can only
be duly estimated by such as have mingled in
those interesting and heavenly scenes and occa-
sions, where the disconsolate have been relieved
and blessed; the broken hearted penitent has
found the Saviour of sinful men; the weak and
tempted have been strengthened and delivered;
the doubting confirmed, and the faithful people
of God have taken sweet counsel together, and
felt their cup of spiritual joy to be full and over-
If, in any respect, christian brethren, these
meetings have degenerated under our notice and
observation, it remains lor us to endeavour, with
the blessing of God, to revive them according to
the genuine spirit of their original intention and
tested excellence, and thus secure to our fellow-
ship the benefits of an institution, which God has
so signally blessed to thousands both in Europe
3. The Lord's supper. Is it necessary to state
the importance and obligation of frequenting
this means of grace? Surely it is enough, that
Christ himself instituted this holy and distin-
guishing ordinance of the New Testament, at the
most affecting and impressive period of his earth-
ly history; and has solemnly enjoined the obser-
vation of it upon every member of his church.
This do ye in remembrance of me. For as
often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye
do show the Lord's death, till he come. Such
are the interesting views given us of this subject
in the sacred scriptures, and who can read them,
and much more, who can approach the memori-
als of his Saviour's sufferings and death, with-
out having his heart deeply penetrated with a
sense of the great and destructive evil of sin,
and his faith and hope elevated exclusively
to that Redeemer, who was wounded for our
transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities? Let
us therefore, beloved brethren, with constancy
and holy delight, honour, on all occasions, this
positive institution of our divine master.
4. Patting or abstinence, as a christian duty
and a means of grace, claims unquestionable re-
spect from everj professor of religion. Whether
used for the purposes of health, lor personal
mortification anil self-denial, as a fit occasion of
appropriately and seriously considering the po-
verty and distress which afflict so many thou-
sands of our race, a- a means of weakening and
subduing our eartl \j affections, or a season of
supplicating the blessing oi God, in view of
any especial object — i<>v any which purpoft it may
properly be used — this kind of discipline will
often be found of great and salutary service to
the soul. The frequency oi resorting to this
means of grace must be left, to a great extent,
with the conscience and judgment of the indivi-
dual himself; but still we hope that it will be the
practice generally, throughout our fellowship, to
observe with due respect the Friday preceding
each quarterly meeting, as a day of lasting or ab-
stinence, and prayer.
5. Having said thus much about the means of
grace, we would now aiVectionately claim vour
attention to some other subjects of a more moral
nature, but yet of scarcely less importance and
concern. 1. The religious education of our
children. This duty seems, in some sense, to be
taught and inculcated by the very suggestions of
nature, in that instinctive solicitude which the
parent feels to protect and provide for the wel-
fare of his offspring in every possible manner. In
the Holy Scriptures, at least, it is mostpositively
enjoined, and, with the reasons there furnished
for the necessity and character of the claim, it
must recommend itself to every man's con-
science in the sight of God. Here then, it is not
too much to say, revelation and nature conspire
to command and engage our strictest attention.
The subject is also rendered more sacred, if pos-
sible, and dearer to our affections, from the fact,
that our church now recognizes the children of
its members as solemnly dedicated to God in
baptism, and as fit subjects of religious instruc-
tion, and pastoral oversight. We hope that
none of us will be indifferent to this excellent
and judicious arrangement, but that all will ap-
preciate and improve it as a means by which our
children may, under God's blessing, be safely
conducted to the knowledge of himself; that our
sons may be as plants grown up in their youth;
and that our daughters may be as corner-stones,
polished after the similitude of a palace.
2. The ncred observance of the sabbath day.
Already we have expressed a sincere hope, that
every member of oorchurch will be punctual in
his attendance at the bouse of (iod. Besides
this, we trust that all will be concerned to hold
up the sabbath throughout, as a day of sacred
rest from any worldly employment, or any-
worldly recreation and amusement; and to re-
vere and observe it as a day which God himself
hath blessed and hallowed. A caution of this
kind, and due respect to it from us individually,
we think the more necessary and seasonable at
this time, as, in the rapid improvements of the
present age, by steam, and other mechanical
contrivances, the facilities of travelling and visit-
ing, and the objects of curiosity, are so multipli-
ed and varied, that the professors of religion
have need of constant care, that they do not,
under such illusive and ensnaring pretences,
fall into the spirit and customs of the world. Let
the members of our church know that they are
called to be a. holy people.
3. The medicinal use of ardent spirits. Rea-
sons analogous to those just offered on the last
point, might here be applied and urged why, as
the followers of Christ, we should be infinitely
vigilant against an evil, which is ever so ready
to creep upon us under the guise of necessity;
and why, as the friends not only of religion but
humanity, we should employ our united efforts
to discourage and annihilate a fatal custom,
which has ruined, and is still ruining, here and
hereafter, thousands of immortal beings. It has
been well said, that there would be no intemper-
ate men, if there were not at first temperate men.
This truth we would do well to remember at all
times, and to give it as much practical influence
as possible upon the community. In the use of
the article now under- consideration, long expe-
rience has shown that there is scarce any such
thins as a safe and innocent medium. As a me-
dicine, it may be used, under the advice of a skil-
ful physician, but even then, like other medi-
cines, sparingly and unfrequently, to be of any
salutary and permanent service. We pray then,
that our people may individually show an instruc-
tive and forcible example on this subject, and be
forward and active to promote, at least by coun-
sel and practice, the exertions now making in
many parts of American Christendom, to lessen
and ultimately extirpate a vice, which has blight-
ed so many brilliant minds, caused so much pub-
lic and domestic calamity and distress, and sent
to the wtrld of perdition and despair such num-
bers of invaluable soul*.
4. In addition to wh.it has been said, we would
now make a remark or two on the cultivation of
a proper and characteristic christian spirit and
temper. This is doubtless necessary amongst
ourselves, and also in relation to the numerous
and growing religious fraternities with which we
are partlv surrounded, and in which we partly
mingle, and all of which are alike engaged, as
we charitably hope, in the one great cause of ex-
tending the Redeemer's name and glory. Of
others let us judge, and towards them let us act,
at all times, upon the enlighted principles of chris-
tian respect, forbearance, and liberality. Amongst
ourselves let us ever be careful and solicitous to
cherish and maintain good feeling and union.
We are indeed brethren — of the same fold — en-
joying one common altar — engaged in the same
important and sublime concern — and professing
common views of doctrine, of discipline and go-
vernment. In view of these interesting facts
permit us now to suggest, that we endeavour on
all occasions, to preserve within ourselves, and
promote in each other, the genuine and amiable
spirit of the gospel of peace; ami, where circum-
stances will possibly admit, that we adjust and
settle any difficulties which may occur in the
transactions of business by a fair and mutual ar-
bitration, without recourse to those legal proceed-
ings which are so apt to engender a litigious tem-
per, and to spoil the quiet and comfort of social
as well as religious life.
6. We feel confident, beloved brethren, that
you will not think that we have insisted too
strongly upon the importance of our attending
punctually to the means of grace, and the consis-
tency of our exemplifying, on all occasions, a cor-
responding religious character and deportment.
We have said so much chiefly to awaken season-
able recollections, and to enkindle sacred and
fervent resolutions, in regard to duties and con-
cerns of equal moment and interest to us all.
For the rising hopes and prosperity of our infant
Zion, and the diffusion and influence of scriptu-
ral holiness under our ministry, certainly we
all should feel and cultivate a deep and common
solicitude. All the institutions of the church,
and all its operations, literary, moral and reli-
gious, should be subjects of our daily reflections
But it is a plain case, that no man will feel or
can feel, a proper interest in the prosperity of the
church, who enjoys not himself a heartfelt com-
mtraion with God. Hence personal piety, in-
ward holiness, is the paramount concern after
all. Without charity, without the love of God
in the soul, all eloquence,
enterprise, influence, toil or hardship, all i< no-
thing: a sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal, of
no price in the sight of God, of no real worth to
man. Let every one of us, therefore, covenant
now with God, to endeavour, with his assisting
and supporting grace, to attain a deeper acquaint-
ance with divine things, to ha lind which
u;h in <» ir great living Head, to seek those
things winch art above, where Christ sitteth on
the right hand of (rod. to walk in the light as he
is in the light, to have no fellowship with the un-
fruitful works of darkness; but to wrestle with
God night and day, for an increase of personal
piety, and the gracions and abundant out-pour-
m_ - of his good spirit. Let every member con-
sider himself a fellow-citizen with the saints, and
of the househ >ld of God, and as Buoh, prize his
glorious callings, and improve his peculiar privi-
leges as a child of God.
Let every minister study to show himself ap-
proved unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth:
saying in the language of the prophet, For
Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for
Jerusalem's sake 1 will not rest, until the right-
eousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the
salvation thereof, as a lamp that burneth. And
when the chief shepherd shall appear, ye all shall
receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Surely, brethren, this is the day which the
Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in
it: save now, we beseech thee, Lord; Lord,
we beseech thee, send now prosperity.
By the Book Committee, that the following be the
general regulations in the creation of Colleges.
When it is determined by an annual confer-
ence to organize a college, let the President of
the district, at the direction of the conference,
open and carry round a subscription book; and
when he shall have received subscriptions, equal
to two thirds of the supposed cost of the neces-
sary buildings, &,c. let him call upon each cir-
cuit and station, within the district, to appoint
one member of a building committee. When
the building committee shall be appointed by
the circuits and stations, make it their duty to
meet tit some central part of the district, prepare
a plan for the buildings, and select an eligible
scite; and in due tune have tlie buildings erect-
ed, and pay for the same out of the moneys
subscribed and collected.
Let it also be the duty of the committee to
appoint, by ballot, trustees to hold the proper-
ty, by charter of the state, for the purposes con-
templated in its obtainment. When the trustees
are elected, let them have power to become incor-
porated; to elect a president and faculty to con-
duct the studies of the college; and to fix their
compensation and periods of service; to regulate
the charges of tuition; and, with the assistance
of the president and facility of the college, to
make such rules and regulations for the govern-
ment of the institution, as they may deem requi-
Let the annual conference of the district have
power to fill all vacancies that may occur in the
board of trustees, by death, resignation or other-
wise. And to require an annual exhibit to the
conference of the true state and condition of
the college, and such other information as may
be deemed necessary, or desirable.
Elementary principles, - - - 14
Methodist Protestant Church, 15
Terms of Membership.
Sec. I. Terms of membership, - - "
" II. State of probation, 16
M III. Children recognised as enjoying
probationary privileges, - "
Division into Districts, Circuits, and Stations.
Sec. I. Division into districts, - - 16
u II. Division of districts into circuits
and stations, "
" III. Ministers, preachers, and mem-
bers entitled to membership
in any other district, circuit,
or station, 17
INDEX TO CONSTITUTION. 1 ij
On receiving Churches, §c. 17
Sec. I. Manner of receiving churches, -
" II. What constitutes an individual
church; and of dividing into
" III. Powers of individual churches, 18
11 IV. Churches must conform to the
constitution, and book of disci-
Sec. I. Composition of the leaders' meet-
Sec I. Composition of the Quarterly con-
ference, - - - - H
11 II. Powers of the quarterly confer-
Composition and powers of the Annual Confer-
Sec I. Composition of the annual confer-
11 II. Powers of the annual conferences, C(
11 III. Power granted to the annual con-
ferences to raise and collect
148 INDEX TO CONSTITUTION.
funds to meet the expenses of
the itinerant preachers, - 21
Sec. IV. Additional duties,
1. To make special rules and re-
2. To regulate the mode of sta-
tioning the preachers,
3. To make rules and regulations
for the admission and govern-
ment of coloured persons;
and terms of suffrage for them, "
Composition of the General Conference, 22
Sec. I. Time and place of holding the ge-
neral conference, "
" II. Composition of the general con-
" III. Manner of electing the represen-
tatives to the general confe-
rence, - "
u IV. Manner of electing the president
and secretaries, &c. - 23
" V- Representatives to vote separately,
at the call of three members,
" VI. Yeas and nays, 24
iC VII. The general conference shall
publish its journal, "
" VIII. Preservation of books, papers,
INDEX TO CONSTITUTION* 1 10
Powers of the (lateral Conference, 21
•Sec. I. The general conference to have
power to make rules and regu-
lations, - "
11 II. To fix compensations, duties, and
allowances; and devise ways
and means for raising funds, "
11 III. To regulate the number of repre-
sentatives, by ratio, for the ge-
u IV. To define and regulate the boun-
daries of annual conference
Restrictions on the Legislative Assemblies. SS5
Sec I. No rule to be passed which shall
contravene any law of God, M
u II. No rule to be passed infringing the
right of suffrage, eligibility, &,c "
M III. No rule to be passed infringing
the liberty of speech or of the
press, - "
11 IV. No rule to be passed authorizing
the expulsion of ministers or
members, except founded on
the holy scriptures, n
" V. No rule to be passed appropriating
the funds of the church except
for the support of ministers,
150 INDEX TO CONSTITUTION.
Sbc. VI. No higher order of ministers to
be authorized, than that of
elder, .... 26
cl VII. No rule to be passed to abolish
an efficient itinerant ministry,
or to station preachers longer
than the time specified, - u
" VIII. No change to be made in the
relative proportions, or compo-
nent parts of the general and
annual conferences, "
Officers of the Church.
Presidents of annual conferences, how
elected, time of service, and duties, - 27
Superintendents, how appointed, see du-
ties of the superintendents in the discipline, "
Assistant ministers, how appointed; see
duties of assistants, in the discipline, - "
Ministers and preachers not under the
stationing authority of the annual confer-
ence, accountable to the quarterly confer-
ence, -«----- "
Class leaders, how elected, - - 28
Conference stewards, how elected,
Station and circuit stewards, how elected, "
Suffrage and Eligibility to Office. 29
Sec I. Right of suffrage, -
INDEX TO CONSTITUTION. 151
Sec. II. Eligibility to the general confer-
11 III. Eligibility of a delegate to the an-
nual conference, and to the
office of stewards,
ri IV. Eligibility to the office of presi-
fh'Tit of .'in •nx'o'il ©vnfLionv/c,
Judiciary Principles, 30
Sec. I. Offences sufficient to exclude min-
isters, preachers, and members, u
11 II. Neglect of duties, u
11 III. Preaching or disseminating un-
scriptural doctrines, u
u IV. Removal from office for mal-ad-
Privileges of accused Ministers and Members.
Sec. I. Ministers, preachers, and members
to be duly notified of time and
place for trial, to have a copy
of the charges and specifica-
tions, power to challenge, (Sec. 31
rl II. No minister or preacher to be ex-
pelled or deprived of ministe-
rial functions, &.c. without im-
partial trial, &x.
" III. No member to be expelled or de-
prived of church privileges
without an impartial trial, &c. (<
INDEX TO CONSTITUTION.
Sec. I. Manner of appointing the judiciary,
" II. Powers of the judiciary, -
11 III. Their decisions to be in writing,
»«<J tn be published, together
with reasons, -
Special call of the General Conference.
Sec I. Special meetings of the general con-
ference, how called, -
11 II. Presidents of the annual confer-
ences shall designate the time
and place, -
Provision for Altering the Constitution.
I. General conference to have power
to amend the constitution,
II. General convention to have full
power to alter the constitution,
Power not delegated, still retained by
the ministers and members of the Metho-
dist Protestant Church. -
Admission to Membership, - - 3-3
1. Probationers to be received by the su-
2. In stations, the leaders' meeting admit
to full membership, -
3. In circuits, admittance to full member-
ship is by the society,
Trial of Ministers, Preachers, and Members , 36
1. Committee for the trial of ministers and
preachers to be appointed by the
superintendent; but he is not to go
out of the limits of the district for
committee men, -
2. Committee for the trial of members, to
be appointed by the accused, and by
the class, with right of challenge,
3. A secretary to be appointed by the com-
mittee, ----- 37
4. Committee to name the penalty; the su-
perintendent to carry it into effect, "
5. Notice to be given of intention to ap-
6. Persons absenting themselves to be tried
nevertheless, - - . "
154 INDEX TO DISCIPLINE.
7. Superintendent to be notified, &c. by
the president, 38
8. In cases of personal offence, the direc-
tion of our Lord to be followed.
Matt, xviii. 15—17. "
9. Disputes between members to be settled
by arbitration, - -
Leaders' meetings 39
1. To be opened with prayer, u
2. Names of all the leaders to be called
over at each meeting,
3. Class book's examined quarterly,
4. Inquiry to be made into the punctuality
and faithfulness of leaders,
5. List of probation to be read over once
a month, -
6. Superintendent to inquire after the sick,
7. Appropriations for relief of the poor to
be made by the leaders' meeting,
8. General class meetings appointed by the
leaders' meeting, -
Quarterly Conference, 41
1. Organized by the appointment of a chair-
2. Charges of immorality &,c. to be referred
to the proper authorities,
3. Committee for examination of candi-
INDEX TO DISCIPLINE. 155
4. Times and places of preaching fixed by
the quarterly conference, 42
5. Each quarterly conference to keep a re*
gister of baptisms, &,c. "
6. Superintendent to give notice of time
and place for holding the succeeding
8. Suspended ministers, &,c. not to offici-
ate while their appeal is pending, 43
9. Ministers and preachers of other denom-
inations may be received by the
quarterly conference, -
Annual Conference, - - - M
1. Opened by the president of the past year, M
2. To Judge of election returns, •
8. Charges of immorality, how disposed of, 44
4. No minister to be received without cer-
5. No conference or president has power to
withhold a certificate,
6. Ministers and preachers must be received
by vote, -
7. Manner of transferring ministers and
preachers, ----- M
8. Ministers and preachers coming from
other denominations may be received
by the conference, 45
9. Ministers and preachers rejected by con-
ference, not to be employed by the
president, except as specified, - M
156 INDEX TO DISCIPLINE.
10. Eligibility to deacon's orders, - 45
11. Eligibility to elder's orders,
12. In cases of missions, &x. qualification
of time dispensed with,
13. Qualifications for orders,
14. Deacons' authority, -
15. Elders' authority, 46
16. Ordination, by whom performed,
17. Appeals, manner of conducting them, M
18. New trial allowed,
19. When a station or circuit may be di-
vided, ----- 47
20. Conference not obliged to employ in-
competent men, - - -
21. No minister or preacher to cease from
his labours, except by consent of the
president, - - - - -
22. Standing committee, -
23. Ministers and preachers to furnish a
certificate to the conference steward, "
24. Annual conference to publish its minutes, 48
25. Extracts of minutes to be sent to the
editor of Mutual Rights, &,c.
26. Public collection in time of conference,
27. No member to withdraw without per-
mission, - - - - -
Advice to Ministers and Preachers, 49
Duties of the superintendent, 50
1. To fill the pulpits and administer the or-
INDKX TO discipline. 157
2. To receive persons on probation, - 60
3i To visit the. clafl ...
4. To five notice of the approaching quar-
terly conference, -
5. To hold love leasts, watch nights, <!yc.
(>. To detain the society occasionally after
7. To organize the children into classes,
8. To keep a record of members, mar-
riages, baptisms, &,c.
9. To report quarterly to the president,
10. To give certificates to those who de-
sire to remove, - "
11. To employ ministers, 6lc. to assist him
in the discharge of duty, M
Duties of Class Leaders, #2
h To meet his class once a week,
2. To receive their contributions,
3. To attend the leaders meeting,
4. To visit the sick, foe. -
Duties of the Conference Steward^ - 53
1. To receive the collections made to meet
the expenses and claims of confer-
ence, -.- M
2. To make the apportionment to the
preachers, &,c. - M
3. To make out an exhibit of receipts and
appropriations, - M
158 INDEX TO DISCIPLINE.
Duties of circuit and station Stewards, - 55
1. To keep a fair account of the current re-
ceipts and disbursements of the cir-
cuit or station, -
2. To make the necessary provision for the
Lord's supper, &,c. and to receive
and apply the funds for the relief of
the poor, ----- M
3. To use proper means to induce liberality
in support of the gospel,
4. To take up a conference collection,
sometime in the last quarter, - 56
4. To make a collection to aid the general
General duties of Trustees,
1. To hold the property of individual
2. To hold periodical meetings,
3. To take care of the church property,
4. To procure or dispose of property on
specified conditions, -
General Rules of John and Charles Wesley, 58
Articles of Religion, 62
Publication of books, &>c. - - 112
Publication of periodical, - - - 115
Course of reading, - - - 116
Form of a license to exhort, - - 119
a license to preach, - - 120
— — — deacon's credentials, - - 121
INDEX TO DISCIPLINE. 159
Form of elder's credentials, - 189
a certificate of membership, - 123
a certificate for an unstationed
minister or preacher about to remove, "
Form of a certificate for a stationed minis-
ter or preacher about to remove to
another district, .... 12-4
Form of a transfer, - 125
Forms of certificates of election, - - 126
Form of a marriage register, - - 127
a register of baptisms,
Address to the ministers and members of
the Methodist Protestant Church, 128
Recommendation for building colleges, 144
JOHN J. HARROD,
BOOK AGENT METHODIST P. CHURCH,
OFFERS THE FOLLOWING WORKS,
Recommended by the Book Committee,
for sale at the annexed prices, viz:
Price, per doz. retail.
Hymn Book, $4 50 i
Doddridge's Rise and Progress. $4 50
Clark on the Promises, 37|
Christian Pattern, $3 37 1
Mrs. Rowe's Devout Exercises, $3 37J
Brown's Philosophy, 2 vols. $33 3.50
Rollings Ancient History, 8 vol. 4.00
Blair's Lectures on Rhetoric, 1.50
The books constituting the course of reading
recommended in the discipline, may be had of
the agent at fair prices.
A general catalogue of books will be furnished